Consumer prices for hospital services increased 0.5% in November after a 0.1% gain the prior month, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index
. For the year ended last month, consumer hospital prices increased 4.4% compared with 6.1% the prior year.
Consumers saw hospital inpatient prices rise 0.4% in November. Inpatient prices declined 0.2% in October. For the year ended last month, inpatient prices went up 3.8% compared with 6.8% the prior year.
Consumers' hospital outpatient prices rose 0.8% last month. Hospital outpatient prices rose 0.2% in October. For the year ended last month, outpatient prices increased 5.1%, an identical increase to the prior 12 months.
Consumers' physician-services prices nudged upward 0.1% last month after remaining flat in October, the figures show. For the year ended last month, consumer prices for physician services increased 2.3% compared with 2.6% the prior year.