Wholesale prices for general acute-care hospitals continued a steady climb, rising 0.5% in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index. Prices for physicians' services were unchanged for the seventh month in a row. The overall PPI rose 1.0% in February, largely because of higher energy prices. For the 12 months ended in February, hospital prices were up 4.7%, while physicians services were up 0.1%. Hospital prices rose 3.4% in 2002, their biggest increase since 1995. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Hospital prices up 0.5% in February: PPI
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