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Massachusetts, the Bay State, ranks 3rd in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state ranks in the Top 5 overall but does poorly in several categories: preventable hospitalizations (35th); incidence of salmonella (36th); and, heart disease (30th).
The state has almost 6.75 million residents, with 4% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,695 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Massachusetts had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $61.1 billion in 2009. The state has 79 hospitals and 55 HMO groups with membership exceeding 2.3 million individuals.