Consumer prices for hospital services rose 0.6% in March compared with 0.9% in February and 0.8% in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index. In March 2008, consumer prices for hospitals rose 0.3%. For the 12-month period ended last month, the hospital CPI increased 6.5% compared with 8.3% in the year-ago period.
The CPI for physician services prices grew 0.2% last month after remaining flat in February and a 0.2% increase in January. For March 2008, the physician services CPI edged up 0.1%. In 12-month period ended last month, consumer prices for physician services rose 3.4% compared with 2.2% in the previous year.