Arizona's infant mortality for the year ending with December 2000 was 6.7 per 1,000 live births. There were 10,765 legal abortions in 1999, a ratio of 11 per 1,000 women. Arizona's overall death rate (829.5 per 100,000 population) was below the US norm in 2000 and was especially low for heart disease and cardiovascular diseases. Deaths from accidents (47.6 per 100,000) and suicide (16.1 per 100,000) were above the national rates, however. Among adults age 18 and older in Arizona, 18.6% were current smokers in 2000. Serious public-health problems include multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and San Joaquin Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis), especially among older adults. There had been 540 AIDS cases reported through 2001, and 158 HIV deaths in 2000.
In 2001, there were 61 community hospitals, with 10,732 beds. Hospital personnel included 12,328 registered nurses. The state had 230 physicians per 100,000 people in 2000. In that same year, the average expense to a hospital for care provided per inpatient day was $939.50. Federal government grants to cover the Medicare and Medicaid services in 2001 totaled $1.9 billion; 690,628 enrollees received Medicare benefits that year. At least 17.9% of the adult population was uninsured in 2002, the 2nd-highest percentage in the nation.