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Rhode Island, the Ocean State, ranks 14th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Although the state ranks in the Top 15, Rhode Island rates poorly in several categories: infant mortality (30th); incidence of pertussis (38th); preventable hospitalizations (30th); high blood pressure (36th); and, high cholesterol (30th).
In the past 10 years, infant mortality has increased 25% from 5.2 to 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. The state has over 1 million residents, with 5% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,677 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Rhode Island had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $8.7 billion in 2009. The state has 11 hospitals and 28 HMO groups with membership exceeding 222,600 individuals.