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Louisiana Healthcare

Louisiana, the Pelican State, ranks 50th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares poorly in a number of categories: cancer deaths (47th); cardiovascular deaths (46th); children in poverty (50th) ; incidence of chlamydia (49th); diabetes (39th); infant mortality (48th); infectious diseases (50th); lack of health insurance (42nd); low birthweight (49th); obesity (47th); premature death (47th); preventable hospitalizations (47th); incidence of salmonella (46th); heart attack (39th); heart disease (48th); high blood pressure (47th); high cholesterol (41st); preterm birth (48th); stroke (44th); and, teen birth rate (43rd).

Louisiana has seen the number of children living in poverty increase 73% in the past five years. The state has over 4.65 million residents, with over 13% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,770 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Louisiana had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $30.5 billion in 2009. The state has 122 hospitals and 42 HMO groups with membership exceeding 819,000 individuals.

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