Wholesale prices received by general acute-care hospitals climbed 0.3% in December 2005, but prices were unchanged for physician offices for the second consecutive month, according to the preliminary Producer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wholesale hospital prices rose 3.5% in the 12 months ended in December, and the 12-month increase in the physician PPI was 1.9%. The PPI measures the average change over time in the prices received by producers of goods and services. -- by Cinda Becker
Hospital prices climb 0.3%, doc prices steady: PPI
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