Medical care priced at $100 in 2015 $108.50 in 2018

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Prices for Medical Care, 2015-2018 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for medical care were 8.50% higher in 2018 versus 2015 (a $8.50 difference in value).

Between 2015 and 2018: Medical care experienced an average inflation rate of 2.76% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, medical care costing $100 in the year 2015 would cost $108.50 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.94% during this same period, inflation for medical care was higher.

In the year 2015: Pricing changed by 2.63%, which is below the average yearly change for medical care during the 2015-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), inflation for medical care was higher.

Price Inflation for Medical care since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1975 (12.06%), 1982 (11.60%), and 1980 (10.95%).

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Buying power of $100.00 since 2015

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Medical care, over time, for $100 beginning in 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2015$100.002.63%
2016$103.793.79%
2017$106.392.51%
2018$108.501.97%
2019$111.562.83%
2020$116.144.11%
2021$117.581.23%
2022$122.143.88%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Medical care:

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI10.20010.20010.30010.30010.36010.36010.42010.74011.26011.58011.90012.56013.53814.37714.83815.11515.83816.70017.29217.82318.23818.90819.68520.62321.49222.25422.92323.53124.09224.58525.18526.30028.15429.86231.92333.95436.14637.31538.76242.36947.47751.99256.96261.76967.48574.87782.92392.546100.592106.854113.515122.038130.138138.638149.254162.800177.015190.069201.408211.015220.469228.223234.585242.131250.585260.754272.762285.600297.077310.131323.223336.185351.054364.065375.613388.436400.258414.924425.134435.292446.752463.675475.322484.707498.413518.876525.276545.680

Adjust medical care prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2015 * 2015 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Medical care was 446.752 in the year 2015 and 484.707 in 2018:

484.707 / 446.752 * $100 = $108.50

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2015 has the same "purchasing power" as $108.50 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Medical care).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Medical care in 1935. In addition to medical care, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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