Consumer prices for hospital services rose 0.4% in June after a 0.1% increase the prior month, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. Last month's increase was identical to the year-ago period. For the 12 months ended in June, the hospital consumer price index increased 6.7% compared with 7.8% for the year-ago period.
The index for physician services, also seasonally adjusted, climbed 0.3% in June compared with 0.7% in May and 0.3% in June 2008. For the 12 months ended in June, the physician CPI increased 3.3%. For the 12-month period ended in June 2008, consumer prices for physician service rose 2.8%.