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Consumers see rare dip in hospital prices
Modern Healthcare

Consumer hospital prices dropped 0.1% in February for the first time since November 2010, the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index show. The decline is only the sixth monthly drop recorded for hospital consumer prices since January 1997, the earliest date for which data is available. In February 2011, hospital consumer prices climbed 0.4%. For the year that ended last month, hospital consumer prices increased 5.3% compared with 6.4% the prior year.