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Average hospital cost varies by 291% in the Bay Area

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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 Bay Area. Below is a peek into our data.

The most expensive hospitals

These five hospitals have the highest Facility Cost Rating™ in the Bay 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

Novato Community Hospital  large_2.png A
San Leandro Hospital  large_2.png D
Highland Hospital  large_2.png D
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital  large_2.png A
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center  large_2.png C


The least expensive hospitals

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


Facility Cost Rating™

Safety Grade

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Campus  large_2.png C
John Muir Medical Center, Concord Campus  large_2.png C
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus  large_2.png C
Washington Hospital Health System  large_2.png C
Stanford Health Care, ValleyCare  large_2.png C


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 the Bay Area