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Florida, the Sunshine State, ranks 33rd in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares poorly in several categories: high percentage of uninsured population (49th); children living in poverty (38th); diabetes (37th); high incidence of infectious disease (39th); preventable hospitalizations (33rd) and, incidence of salmonella (50th), heart attack (41st); prevalence of high blood pressure (37th); prevalence of high cholesterol (38th); preterm birth (46th); incidence of stroke (38th); and, high prevalence of HPV in females aged 13-17 years (44th).
Florida has low levels of obesity, pertussis, and air pollution but the number of children living in poverty has increased 23% in the past year. The state has almost 19.9 million residents, with over 15% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,018 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Florida had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $132 billion in 2009. The state has 211 hospitals and 91 HMO groups with membership exceeding 5.5 million individuals.