Wholesale prices for general medical and surgical hospitals increased 1.7% in January, the largest one-month increase in 10 years, according to the Producer Price Index released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for physician services rose 0.7% in January after increasing 0.2% in December. Hospital prices increased 5.7% during the 12-month period, the same rate the prices increased in 2003, according to the PPI. Prices for physician services rose 2.9% for the 12-month period, the biggest increase since 2001. -- by Patrick Reilly
Hospitals see large one-month jump in prices
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