Consumers saw hospital prices rise 0.5% in October, a barely perceptible change from 0.6% the prior month, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. The price of hospital services climbed 6.5% during the 12 months that ended in October, compared with 7.7% for the prior year.
Physician-office prices increased slightly, by 0.1%, last month, compared with 0.5% in September. For the year that ended in October, physician-office prices rose 2.7%. For the same 12-month period a year ago, the physician CPI increased by 4.3%. -- by Melanie Evans