Prices for hospital services rose 0.6% in November following a 1.2% increase in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index. For the 12 months ended in November, the hospital CPI was up 8%. The physician CPI rose 0.1% in November, down from the 0.4% rise in October. For the 12-month period, the physician CPI rose 4.1%. In general on a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI increased 0.8% in Novemberits largest advance since a 1.2% rise in September 2005. 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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