Wholesale prices for hospital and physician services dipped in March, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Prices received by general acute-care hospitals fell 0.1% in March, after climbing 0.6% in February and 0.8% in January, according to the bureau's Producer Price Index. The increase for the 12 months ended in March was 3.6%.
Prices paid at physician offices, excluding mental-health services, fell 0.2% in March, after rising 0.5% in February and 0.3% in January, according to preliminary data. That resulted in a 12-month price increase of 0.6%.