Consumer prices for hospital services increased 0.7% in April after climbing 0.2% in March, according to the latest seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for hospital consumer prices rose by 0.3% in April 2010. For the 12-month period last month, the index increased by 5.9% for hospital services compared with 7.9% a year ago.
Hospital CPI rises 0.7% in April
Inpatient hospital consumer prices increased 0.6% last month and the outpatient hospital consumer price index climbed 0.7%.
Consumer prices for physician services rose 0.2% in April for the second straight month, according to the seasonally adjusted figures. In April 2010, the index increased 0.4% for physician services. During the 12-month period year that ended last month, consumer physician prices increased 3% compared with 3.4% the prior year.
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