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Iowa, the Hawkeye State, ranks 22nd in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state ranks in the middle of the pack but still fares poorly in several categories: air pollution (32nd); cancer deaths (31st); immunizations among adolescents (44th); incidence of salmonella (37th); and, high cholesterol (43rd).
The number of cancer deaths has increased 6% since 1990. The state has over 3.1 million residents, with 6% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,445 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Iowa had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $20.8 billion in 2009. The state has 118 hospitals and 40 HMO groups with membership exceeding 324,709 individuals.