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Hawaii, the Aloha State, ranks 1st in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Overall the state ranks best in the nation, but still fares poorly in a few categories: incidence of salmonella (47th); incidence of infectious disease (41st); and, incidence of preterm birth (39th).
Diabetes in adults has increased 26% over the past two years; air pollution has increased 13% over the past 5 years; and, children living in poverty has increased 32% over the past 20 years. The state has over 1.4 million residents, with approximately 5% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,157 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Hawaii had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $8.8 billion in 2009. The state has 25 hospitals and 29 HMO groups with membership exceeding 795,000 individuals.