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