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Hospital CPI rises 0.5% in November


By Melanie Evans
Posted: December 14, 2012 - 12:00 pm ET
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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.

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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.


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