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Average hospital cost varies by 354% in Chicago

Olivia Marcus
By Olivia Marcus on October 10, 2017

Olivia creates content at Amino, where she tells stories about saving money on healthcare. Connect with Olivia Marcus on LinkedIn

Even within the same city, hospitals can charge wildly different prices for similar care. We used Amino's Facility Cost Ratings™ — dollar signs that help employees identify cost-effective hospitals — to find the five most and least expensive hospitals in Chicago. Below is a peek into our data.

The most expensive hospitals

These five hospitals have the highest Facility Cost Rating™ in Chicago, averaged across all insurers. Interestingly, the second most expensive hospital has a C safety rating.


Facility Cost Rating™

Safety Grade

University of Chicago Medical Center  large_4.png A
Community First Medical Center  large_4.png C
Kishwaukee Hospital  large_4.png A
Rush Oak Park Hospital  large_3p5.png A
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital  large_3p5.png A


The least expensive hospitals

These five hospitals have lowest Facility Cost Rating™ in Chicago, averaged across all insurers.


Facility Cost Rating™

Safety Grade

MacNeal Hospital  large_1.png B
Vista Medical Center East  large_1.png B
Holy Cross Hospital  large_1.png D
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, GlenOaks  large_1.png C
Little Company of Mary Hospital  large_1.png D


How we rate hospitals by cost

Amino’s Facility Cost Ratings™ are an easy to understand, symbolic system of dollar signs ranging from one dollar sign denoting “inexpensive” to four dollar signs denoting “expensive.”Facility Cost Ratings™ appear on the profiles of all facilities (hospitals, imaging centers, and urgent care centers) in our Amino's healthcare transparency product.

The Facility Cost Ratings™ you see in this post are averaged across all insurers. On Amino, employees see Facility Cost Ratings™ specific to their network and plan.

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Hospital cost variation in Chicago