Medical Care Inflation

Summary: Urban consumer prices for medical care goods and services

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This database provides urban consumer prices for medical care goods and services, as measured by changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U).  The heirarchy of categories is shown below with the category "Medical care" the broadest measure of medical care inflation.  Note that data are not reported for the aggregated category "Professional services." 


  • Medical care

Some data are adjusted for seasonal variations, although most are not.   A limited number of measures are available starting in 1935. Most are available for shorter periods. 


Data are not available for all combinations of items, areas, and time periods.  Data are presented as indexes or percentage changes for the preceding 12-month period.  For additional details on categories and methodology, see Consumer Price Index.  For background on calculating the percentage change bases on index values, see Calculating Consumer Price Changes.