Consumer hospital prices increased 0.8% in November after the prior month's rise of 0.7%, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In November 2010, hospital prices grew at 0.1%, according to the agency's Consumer Price Index. For the 12-month period ended last month, hospital prices rose 6.2% compared with 7.4% the prior year.
Consumer hospital prices rise 0.8% in November
Inpatient hospital prices rose more sharply last month, increasing 1.2%, than outpatient hospital prices, which climbed 0.4%, the figures show.
Consumer physician prices increased at 0.2% in November following the 0.5% increase in October. In November 2010, physician prices increased 0.3%. For the 12 months that ended in November, physician prices increased 2.6% compared with 3.4% the prior year.
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