Hospital Services and Charges

As Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is committed to providing patient-focused care in an environment devoted to patient safety, innovation, excellent service, and exceptional outcomes. We offer our patients access to breakthrough treatments using the latest technology and advancements.

We are also committed to providing you with resources to help you understand and make important health care decisions, including general information about our services and charges.

In general, charges at an academic medical center like ours are higher than the charges for health care services in a community hospital. That’s because an academic medical center offers services that are not available at community hospitals, such as transplants and burn care. Academic medical centers also have other unique costs, such as educating and training future physicians. The charges at UI Hospitals & Clinics are in the midpoint range when compared to other academic medical centers across the nation.

Because every patient’s situation is different, such general charge information should be considered a starting point. The most accurate cost estimate is personalized based on your health insurance plan.  To get an accurate estimate of hospital/clinic charges based on your individual needs and insurance coverage, you should consult with a member of our Financial Services staff. Financial Services staff members are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-319-384-6275; or toll free at 1-866-452-8506.

We voluntarily report the basic charges for many of our hospital and clinic services to the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). The IHA shares our information, along with the basic charges from other Iowa hospitals, on its Iowa Hospital Charges Compare website, which allows you to compare typical hospital and clinic visit charges.

Based on regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we publish a complete list of standard charges. Because the costs to patients are based on their insurance plans and other relevant financial factors, these standard charges may not be reflective of what you will pay for your health care. A member of our Financial Services staff can assist you.

* Diagnosis-related groups, or DRGs, are payment categories used to classify Medicare patients for the purpose of reimbursing hospitals for each case in a given category.