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Financial Assistance

The University of Chicago Medicine recognizes that patients and their families may need help paying for services received here because either insufficient insurance coverage has not paid for the entire bill or no insurance is available.

Any patient with a balance related to care received here, or any person responsible for paying a patient bill for care received here (the guarantor) may request an application for financial assistance.

The University of Chicago Medicine offers financial assistance discounts that may cover all or part of the patient balance(s) based on a verified financial need. Our financial assistance options exceed those required by the Illinois Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act, and are normally dependent on your family income. Your verified family size and income will determine whether you qualify for a discount, and, if so, the amount of the discount. For patients who qualify under our financial assistance program who receive services in 2013, the current financial assistance discount starts at 75 percent.

How to Request an Application for Financial Assistance

There are different ways that a patient or a family member may request an application for financial assistance:

  • Download the Application for Financial Assistance (PDF)
  • If you or a family member are currently an inpatient in our hospital, you may request an application for financial assistance by calling the Admitting Office at (773) 702-6233 (or dial 2-6233 from the phone in the patient room).
  • At any time during your care here or after your care is complete, you or a family member may request an application for financial assistance by writing or calling one of the following addresses:

    The University of Chicago Medicine
    8201 S. Cass Avenue
    Darien, Illinois 60561
    (773) 702-6664

    University of Chicago Physicians Group
    P.O. Box 75307
    Chicago, Illinois 60675-5307
    (773) 702-1150

    The Office of Social Work and Spiritual Care: (773) 702-1807

Financial Assistance Application Process

  • Upon request, an Application for Financial Assistance form will be given or mailed to a patient or the person responsible for paying the patient bill.
  • In addition to the application form, a list of required documents needed to complete the request for financial assistance will be provided. This may include items such as copies of tax returns, pay stubs, etc.
  • The application form should be completed with as much detail as possible, signed, and returned with required documentation as soon as possible to one of the following addresses:

    The University of Chicago Medicine
    8201 S. Cass Avenue
    Darien, Illinois 60561

    University of Chicago Physicians Group
    P.O. Box 75307
    Chicago, Illinois 60675-5307


  • Once the completed application and back-up documents are received, the application will be reviewed and the requestor will be notified if additional information is required. Otherwise, the requestor will receive a written notification of either an approval for financial assistance, or a denial and the reason the request is denied, normally within ten business days of our receipt of all required documents.
  • Patients or persons responsible for paying the patient bills may call (773) 702-6664 or (773) 702-1150 with any questions on this process or on submitted applications.

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