Physician prices for consumers climbed 0.2% in November and 3.1% in the 12 months ended in November even as the overall Consumer Price Index for all goods and services fell by the biggest percentage since 1949. Meanwhile, hospital prices for consumers took their largest one-month jump in two years, 1%, and were up 5.8% for the 12 months, according to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The overall CPI fell 0.6%, driven by plummeting energy prices, which spiked after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The core CPI, which excludes energy and food, rose 0.2% in November after an identical increase in October.
Physician prices climb as overall CPI falls
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