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North Carolina, the Tar Heel State, ranks 31st in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state rates poorly in several categories: cancer deaths (33th); cardiovascular deaths (31st); children living in poverty (39th); incidence of chlamydia (40th); immunization among children (31st); diabetes (33rd); infant mortality (42nd); infectious disease (36th); lack of health insurance (36th); low birthweight (40th); premature deaths (33rd); incidence of salmonella (40th); heart attack (37th); heart disease (39th); high blood pressure (40th); high cholesterol (42nd); preterm birth (34th); stroke (41st); and, teen birth rate (30th).
The state has over 9.9 million residents, with 12% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,918 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. North Carolina had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $60.2 billion in 2009. The state has 116 hospitals and 63 HMO groups with membership exceeding 630,500 individuals.