Chicago ranks 54th in the list of best American cities for healthcare

In Health News Illinois updates, A new report from Healthgrades ranked the top 100 cities for healthcare.

While Chicago is the only city in Illinois to make it the list, it’s a rating for the four categories – access to care, population health, hospital quality, and local specialists – are mediocre. Overall, Chicago ranked the 54th best city in the country for healthcare, representing a grim outlook for Illinois healthcare news.

The city also ranked 66th in the country for access to care, 65th for population health, 48th for local specialists, and 54th for hospital quality.

One reason why Chicago hospitals are falling behind? They don’t offer enough high-quality services. Rush University Medical Center was the only Chicago hospital to score five stars from Medicare in 2017. What’s more, three of Chicago most renowned hospitals – the University of Illinois Hospital, Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital – received one star.

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A hospital’s rating could make the difference between life and death for its patients. People treated at five-star hospitals, the study found, have a lower risk of dying or experiencing complications during hospitalization than if they were treated at a one-star facility.

Other interesting findings from the Healthgrades’ index:


  • San Francisco was the healthiest of all cities on the list


  • Worcester ranked highest in access to health care


  • Rochester earned the highest ranking in both hospital quality and local specialists. The city is home to Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care and research




In comparison, last year, Minneapolis, Denver, Sacramento, Cincinnati, and Portland were top of the list.
Healthgrades’ index is the third major health analysis with unfavorable results for Illinois. The state was recently criticized for weak pain policies in a report by The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). On the flip side, Illinois was praised for having the best mental health and addiction parity laws in the country.

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Updated: December 3, 2018 — 7:54 am
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