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Average hospital cost varies by 372% in Los Angeles

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Olivia Marcus
By Olivia Marcus on October 25, 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 the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Below is a peek into our data.

The most expensive hospitals

These five hospitals have the highest Facility Cost Rating™ in the Los Angeles area, averaged across all insurers. Interestingly, the most expensive hospital has an F safety grade. Across the board, we found that there's no correlation between cost and quality.


Facility Cost Rating™

Safety Grade

Olympia Medical Center  large_2.png F
Palmdale Regional Medical Center  large_2.png C
Valley Presbyterian Hospital  large_2.png D
Methodist Hospital of Southern California  large_2.png B
St Vincent Medical Center  large_2.png C


The least expensive hospitals

These five hospitals have lowest Facility Cost Rating™ in the Los Angeles area, averaged across all insurers


Facility Cost Rating™

Safety Grade

St Johns Riverside ParkCare Hospital Pavillion  large_2.png C
Forest Hills Hospital  large_2.png B
University Hospital  large_2.png B
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center  large_2.png C
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Grand Concourse Division  large_2.png B


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 Los Angeles