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Arizona, the Last Frontier State, ranks 30th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares poorly in several categories: high percentage of children living in poverty (46th); air pollution (37th); lack of health insurance (41st); low immunization coverage of children (43rd); incidence of infectious diseases (37th); incidence of chlamydia (33rd); incidence of pertussis (43rd); high cholesterol (35th); and, teen birth rate (40th).
Arizona has almost 6.5 million residents, with almost 19% of the population uninsured. The state’s largest demographic group is children ages 0-18 (26%) followed by 65+ (15%). The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,039 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Arizona spent had health expenditures of more than $35 billion in 2009. Arizona has 72 hospitals.