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Missouri, the Show Me State, ranks 36th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares poorly in a number of categories: air pollution (37th); cancer deaths (40th); cardiovascular deaths (41st); incidence of chlamydia (30th); diabetes (35th); immunization among adolescents (43rd); immunization among children (34th); infant mortality (32nd); premature death (39th); preventable hospitalizations (38th); smoking (38th); heart attack (42nd); heart disease (35th); high cholesterol (32nd); stroke (41st); and teen birth rate (34th).
Diabetes increased 16% in adults over the past year. Low birth weight also increased 10% over the past 20 years. The state has over 5.4 million residents, with 7% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,102 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Missouri had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $41.6 billion in 2009. The state has 122 hospitals and 40 HMO groups with membership exceeding 776,000 individuals.