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Wisconsin, the Badger State, ranks 24th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state makes the middle of the pack and rates poorly in a couple categories: air pollution (30th); cancer deaths (30th); infectious disease (35th); obesity (36th); pertussis (43rd); and, salmonella (32nd).
In the past 2 years, low birthweight has increased 19% from 5.9% to 7.0 of live births. Wisconsin has over 5.7 million residents, with 7% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,142 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Wisconsin had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $40.8 billion in 2009. The state has 129 hospitals and 50 HMO groups with membership exceeding 1.8 million individuals.