Hospital prices for consumers took their largest one-month jump in two years in November -- 1% -- even as the overall Consumer Price Index for all goods and serves fell by the biggest percentage since 1949. Consumer prices for hospital care rose 1% in November, compared with a 0.8% in October, and were up 5.8% for the 12 months ended in November, according to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices have not risen as rapidly since November 2003, when the hospital CPI increased 1.1%. The CPI for physician services climbed 0.2% in November and 3.1% in the 12 months. Meanwhile, 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. -- by Melanie Evans
Hospital prices climb as overall CPI falls
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