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New Jersey, the Garden State, ranks 11th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Though it ranks high, the state still rates poorly in a number of categories: disparity in health status (40th); immunization among children (40th); low birthweight (32nd); preventable hospitalizations (34th); heart disease (31st); high cholesterol (34th); and, immunization of female HPV (38th).
The state has over 8.9 million residents, with 11% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,482 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. New Jersey had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $65.9 billion in 2009. The state has 51 hospitals and 23 HMO groups with membership exceeding 2.2 million individuals.