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Consumers see hospital, doc-office prices rise 0.4%
Modern Healthcare

Consumer prices for hospital services climbed 0.4% in July after a 1.2% spike the prior month, according to newly released seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index. Last month’s increase is slightly lower than the 0.5% gain in July 2011. For the year that ended last month, consumer hospital prices increased 5.7% compared with 7% the prior year. Inpatient hospital consumer prices climbed 0.4% in July and outpatient consumer hospital prices grew at an identical rate.