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California, the Golden State, ranks 16th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Overall the state does well in most categories, but still fares poorly in several categories: high levels of pollution (50th); lack of health insurance (38th); and, disparity in health status (50th).
California has almost 36.5 million residents, with over 18% of the population uninsured. The state’s largest demographic is children ages 0-18(25%) with 65+ (13%) the next largest group. California had health care expenditures totaling more than $230 billion in 2009. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,250 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The state boasts 344 hospitals and has 97 HMOs with over 19 million enrolled.