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The 5 most and least expensive hospitals in Chicago

And where to find the highest quality, lowest cost care.

Chicago hospital cost variation

When you’re looking for a hospital, quality is always important. But what about cost? Even within the same city, hospitals can charge wildly different prices for similar care—and accidentally going to a high cost hospital could leave you with a huge out-of-pocket bill.

Below, we’ve identified the five most expensive and least expensive hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area using our Facility Cost Ratings, dollar signs that rate each hospital based on relative expensiveness. We’ve also included Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradesSM so you can compare cost and quality side by side. But first, here’s our recommendation for where to go for the best value care—hospitals that offer high quality care at lower than average cost.

Best value hospitals

These 12 hospitals have a Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM of A and an Amino Cost Rating of two dollar signs or less, making them a good choice for cost-conscious patients.

Best value hospitals in the Chicago area
Hospitals with a Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM of A and an Amino Cost Rating of two dollar signs or less
Hospital Name Amino Cost Rating Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM
1 AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center - Elk Grove Village
A
2 Saint Anthony Hospital
A
3 Advocate Sherman Hospital
A
4 Centegra Hospital - McHenry
A
5 Rush Copley Medical Center
A
6 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
A
7 Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago
A
8 AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center - Hoffman Estates
A
9 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - Hinsdale
A
10 Centegra Hospital - Woodstock
A
11 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - La Grange
A
12 Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
A
© 2017 Amino Inc.

Most expensive hospitals

Below are the most expensive hospitals, regardless of Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM. Interestingly, four of the five most expensive hospitals have an A grade—but we found that hospital cost has zero correlation to quality nationally.

5 most expensive hospitals in the Chicago area
Hospitals with the highest Amino Cost Ratings in the 
Chicago metropolitan area
Hospital Name Amino Cost Rating Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM
1 University of Chicago Medical Center
A
2 Community First Medical Center
C
3 Kishwaukee Hospital
A
4 Rush Oak Park Hospital
A
5 Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
A
© 2017 Amino Inc.

Least expensive hospitals

Below are the five least expensive hospitals in the Chicago area, regardless of Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM.

5 least expensive hospitals in the Chicago area
Hospitals with the lowest Amino Cost Ratings in the Chicago metropolitan area
Hospital Name Amino Cost Rating Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM
1 MacNeal Hospital
B
2 Vista Medical Center East
B
3 Holy Cross Hospital
D
4 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - GlenOaks
C
5 Little Company of Mary Hospital
D
© 2017 Amino Inc.

How we rate hospitals by cost

Amino’s 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.” Cost Ratings appear on the profiles of all facilities (hospitals, imaging centers, and urgent care centers) in our Amino Plus experience for employers and their employees.

The Cost Ratings you see in this post are averaged across all insurers. For more information, check out our methodology or this blog post from our Head of Data Science.

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List of all hospitals in the Chicago area

Below is a list of all 68 hospitals in the Chicago area that have a Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM and an Amino Cost Rating. If you don't see a particular hospital on this list, it may be because it does not have a Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM or an Amino Cost Rating.

Full list of Chicago hospitals ranked by cost
Hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area with both a Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM and an Amino Cost Rating
Hospital Name Amino Cost Rating Leapfrog Hospital Safety GradeSM
1 MacNeal Hospital
B
2 Vista Medical Center East
B
3 Holy Cross Hospital
D
4 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - GlenOaks
C
5 Little Company of Mary Hospital
D
6 Ingalls Memorial Hospital
C
7 Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
D
8 Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
C
9 AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center - Elk Grove Village
A
10 Weiss Memorial Hospital
C
11 Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Elgin
C
12 Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
B
13 Edward Hospital
B
14 St Catherine Hospital
B
15 Thorek Memorial Hospital
C
16 Saint Anthony Hospital
A
17 Advocate Sherman Hospital
A
18 John H Stroger Jr Hospital
C
19 Centegra Hospital - McHenry
A
20 Jackson Park Hospital
B
21 Rush Copley Medical Center
A
22 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
A
23 Advocate Condell Medical Center
B
24 Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago
A
25 AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center - Hoffman Estates
A
26 United Hospital System - St Catherine Medical Center Campus
B
27 Community Hospital
B
28 MetroSouth Medical Center
C
29 Loretto Hospital
C
30 Advocate Trinity Hospital
C
31 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - Hinsdale
A
32 Centegra Hospital - Woodstock
A
33 Roseland Community Hospital
D
34 Glenbrook Hospital
C
35 Advocate Christ Medical Center
B
36 Loyola University Medical Center
B
37 NorthShore University HealthSystem - Evanston Hospital
C
38 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
B
39 Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
B
40 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - La Grange
A
41 Advocate South Suburban Hospital
C
42 Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
A
43 Westlake Hospital
B
44 Swedish Covenant Hospital
B
45 AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center - Bolingbrook
B
46 St. Mary Medical Center of Hobart
C
47 Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
B
48 United Hospital System - Kenosha Medical Center Campus
B
49 West Suburban Medical Center
A
50 Northwest Community Hospital
B
51 Presence Resurrection Medical Center
A
52 Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
A
53 University of Illinois Hospital
D
54 Presence Saint Francis Hospital
C
55 Franciscan St. James Health - Olympia Fields
C
56 Northwestern Memorial Hospital
B
57 Palos Community Hospital
B
58 Aurora Medical Center
A
59 Methodist Hospital - Northlake Campus
B
60 Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
B
61 Franciscan Healthcare - Munster
A
62 Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers
B
63 Presence Mercy Medical Center
B
64 Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
A
65 Rush Oak Park Hospital
A
66 Kishwaukee Hospital
A
67 Community First Medical Center
C
68 University of Chicago Medical Center
A
© 2017 Amino Inc.
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