Consumer prices for hospital services increased 0.5% in November after a 0.1% gain the prior month, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index. For the year ended last month, consumer hospital prices increased 4.4% compared with 6.1% the prior year.
Consumers saw hospital inpatient prices rise 0.4% in November. Inpatient prices declined 0.2% in October. For the year ended last month, inpatient prices went up 3.8% compared with 6.8% the prior year.