In­fla­tion in two of health­care’s largest sec­tors re­mained low in Novem­ber,

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con­tin­u­ing a trend that has helped check growth in na­tional health spend­ing. Prices for acute-care hos­pi­tals inched up 0.1% in Novem­ber, and climbed 1% dur­ing the year that ended last month, a slug­gish pace com­pared with the same 12-month pe­ri­ods in prior years. The year that ended in Novem­ber 2013 saw acute-care hos­pi­tal prices in­crease 2.3%. The year that ended in Novem­ber 2012 also saw prices in­crease 2.3%. Hos­pi­tals ac­count for 32% of the na­tion’s to­tal health spend­ing and physi­cians and clin­ics make up another 20%.

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