You're more than just a name on a bill. We want to provide you with the information you need to keep your health on point. These price transparency resources include information about our charges, your costs and financial assistance that may be available to you, because you deserve to be involved in every step of your care experience.
Options to Estimate Your Healthcare Costs
When you need our care services, you deserve to know ahead of time what it’ll cost. Here’s how to get the information you need.
If you have health insurance, it's best to first contact your insurance provider. Many insurance providers offer price estimates for your out-of-pocket costs based on your plan's specific benefits. Also, your insurance provider may be able to estimate the cost for all your care – including hospital, physician and other associated charges. Your insurance provider may also have information to help you compare price and quality measures for all the healthcare providers available in your plan.
UnityPoint Health personalized out-of-pocket cost estimates (price estimates) are available based on your specific planned services and insurance plan. To request a cost estimate, call (833) 23-PRICE. You may also submit an online estimate request.
UnityPoint Health – Meriter Patients: Call (608) 417-5030 for a cost estimate or submit an online estimate request.
We’re committed to providing you with information about your estimated out-of-pocket cost as you make healthcare decisions. UnityPoint Health has agreements with many insurance companies that determine the amount we’re paid. Our financial clearance teams will verify your insurance coverage and benefits, including your plan's required co-payments, deductible cost, co-insurance and maximum out-of-pocket cost specified in your plan. We can also discuss your payment options.
Self-service cost estimates (price estimates) for many common non-emergency procedures and services are now available. UnityPoint Health has a new user-friendly tool to help estimate your likely out-of-pocket costs for many common healthcare procedures (for example, abdominal surgery, joint surgery, obstetric care) and services (such as CT, MRI or ultrasound imaging or laboratory services). The tool is available as part of MyUnityPoint, our patient portal.
Having a general idea of your costs for a variety of common healthcare procedures and services (such as medical imaging and laboratory costs) through a self-service tool may be useful to you as you plan for upcoming non-emergency care. This self-service price estimating tool is available 24/7.
If you’re not insured or think you'll need help paying your bill, please call (844)-909-2400.
UnityPoint Health has financial assistance policies to assist patients who cannot pay for some or all of their care. Our financial counselors can also help determine if you’re eligible for other coverage or benefits.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require hospitals to provide a listing of their current standard charges, including a description for the item or service associated with each charge, for every item and service provided by the hospital. CMS additionally requires hospitals to list their standard charges by Diagnosis-Related Group (DRGs).
UnityPoint Health supports the intent of these requirements and the need to provide accessible information to patients about the cost of healthcare services. However, it's important to note these numbers do not represent what patients may truly owe after a hospital stay or other service.
A hospital's charges are based on its unique range of services, adoption of new medical technologies, government funding level, patient demographics and other local and regional factors. There’s also a difference between "charges" and "costs".
- Charges are the full retail price for hospital or hospital outpatient services.
- The discount price is a lower rate that may be negotiated with payers ("contractual rate" or "allowable rate") or with patients ("self-pay discounts").
- The final patient cost is the patient's financial responsibility (your cost for services based on your benefit coverage and the discounted price).
The charges shown below do not represent payments or any specific/individual patient responsibility. Your financial responsibility will vary depending on your health insurance plan. Also, fees for doctor services or anesthesia administration aren’t reflected in this list and will be billed separately by your doctor.
Please view the charge information for your local hospital below.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospitals to publish a comprehensive machine-readable file (MRF) with pricing for all items and services by insurance payer on their website. This machine-readable file is not necessarily intended for direct patient interpretation. This information has been compiled from our billing, claims and insurance payment files.
Please view the all-payer charge information for your local hospital or hospitals below.
|Cedar Rapids||St. Lukes|
|Des Moines||Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Iowa Methodist West
|Fort Dodge||Trinity Regional Medical Center|
|Grinnell||Grinnell Regional Medical Center|
|Quad Cities||Trinity Rock Island
|Sioux City||St. Luke's Regional Medical Center|
When you receive emergency care or are treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you’re now protected from surprise billing or balance billing.
"Out-of-network" means providers and facilities that haven't signed a contract with your health plan. Out-of-network providers may be permitted to bill you for the difference between what your plan agreed to pay and the full amount charged for a service. This is called "balance billing.” This amount is likely more than in-network costs for the same service and might not count toward your annual out-of-pocket limit.
"Surprise billing" is an unexpected balance bill. This can happen when you can't control who’s involved in your care — like when you have an emergency, or when you schedule a visit at an in-network facility but are unexpectedly treated by an out-of-network provider.
Please review the document below, in English or Spanish, to learn more about how you’re protected from surprise medical bills and who to contact if you believe you've been wrongly billed.
Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills (English and Spanish)
You may also access comparative hospital charge information at state hospital association websites. UnityPoint Health will continue to provide this useful information for healthcare consumers.
Providing Timely and Understandable Charge and Cost Information is Important to Us
UnityPoint Health is continually working to improve how we share information about our charges and the cost of your care. As you plan your healthcare needs, be sure to use all the resources on this page and reach out to your insurance provider.