Consumer prices for hospital services rose 0.6% in June after rising 0.4% the prior month, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. In June 2009, the hospital CPI rose 0.5%. For the 12-month period ended last month, the index climbed 8.3%. For the year-ago period, it rose 6.7%.
Consumers see hospital, doc-office prices rise
The index for physician-office services increased 0.5% last month after a decline of 0.2% in May. That's compared with a 0.2% increase in June 2009. For the 12-month period ended last month, the physician CPI rose 3%, slightly slower than the 3.3% in the year-ago period.
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