Prices for hospital services climbed 0.8% in September following a 0.6% increase in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index. For the 12 months ended in September, the hospital CPI was up 6.9%.
The physician CPI rose 0.2% in September, the same as in August. For the 12-month period, the physician CPI rose 4.1%. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI in general increased 0.3% in September, following a 0.1% decline in August. The CPI is a measure of the average change in prices over time of goods and services purchased by households. -- by Cinda Becker
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