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South Dakota Healthcare

South Dakota, the Mount Rushmore State, ranks 19th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Although the state makes the Top 20, South Dakota rates poorly in several categories: incidence of chlamydia (35th); immunization among adolescents (48th); infant mortality (44th); infectious disease (38th); salmonella (41st); heart attack (37th); and, teen birth rate (31st).

In the past year, HPV immunization among young females aged 13 to 17 years decreased 22% from 42.3% to 33.1%. Over the past two years, children living in poverty has increased 21%, while the number of cancer deaths since 1990 has increased 3% from 178.9 to 184.8 per 100,000 individuals. The state has over 853,000 residents, with 9% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $1,294 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. South Dakota had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $5.7 billion in 2009. The state has 53 hospitals and 30 HMO groups with membership exceeding 84,200 individuals.

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