Physician-office services costs for consumers rose 0.4% in December 2008, compared with a rise of 0.3% in the previous month, according to preliminary Consumer Price Index data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the 12 months ended in December 2008, physicians services cost consumers 2.9% more compared with 4.1% more in the previous year. The CPI measures consumers out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
Doc-office CPI up 0.4% in December
Consumers saw prices for hospital services rise 0.6% during December 2008. In November 2008, prices held steady. For the 12 months ended in December 2008, consumer spending on hospital services rose 5.9% compared with 8.3% the previous year.
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