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Oklahoma, the Sooner State, ranks 45th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state rates poorly in several categories: air pollution (34th); cancer deaths (45th); cardiovascular deaths (48th); children living in poverty (40th); incidence of chlamydia (37th); diabetes (43rd); immunization among adolescents (36th); infant mortality (41st); infectious disease (42nd); lack of health insurance (44th); obesity (45th); premature deaths (46th); preventable hospitalizations (41st); salmonella (44th); smoking; (40th); heart attack (44th); heart disease (41st); high blood pressure (42nd); high cholesterol (44th); preterm birth (45th); stroke (39th); and, teen birth rate (48th)..
In the past year, the number of children living in poverty has increased 77% from 14.1% to 25%. In the past 20 years, low birthweight has increased 21%. The state has over 3.8 million residents, with 16% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,708 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Oklahoma had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $24 billion in 2009. The state has 114 hospitals and 42 HMO groups with membership exceeding 262,700 individuals.