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Mississippi Healthcare

Mississippi, the Magnolia State, ranks 49th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The fares poorly in a number of categories: cancer deaths (49th); cardiovascular deaths (50th); children in poverty (47th); incidence of chlamydia (46th); diabetes 48th); immunizations among adolescents (50th); immunizations among children (31st); infant mortality (50th); infectious diseases (47th); lack of health insurance (43rd); low birthweight (50th); obesity (48th); premature death (50th); preventable hospitalizations (48th); salmonella (49th); smoking (45th); heart attack (34th); heart disease (33rd); high blood pressure (48th); high cholesterol (45th); preterm birth (50th); stroke (47th); and teen birth rate (47th).

The state has over 2.9 million residents, with 12% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,351 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Mississippi had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $19.3 billion in 2009. The state has 97 hospitals and 36 HMO groups with membership exceeding 272,000 individuals.

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