Outpatient hospital services priced at $20 in 1986 $157.57 in 2021

Outpatient Hospital Services Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Outpatient Hospital Services, 1986-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for outpatient hospital services were 687.85% higher in 2021 versus 1986 (a $137.57 difference in value).

Between 1986 and 2021: Outpatient hospital services experienced an average inflation rate of 6.07% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, outpatient hospital services costing $20 in the year 1986 would cost $157.57 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.59% during this same period, inflation for outpatient hospital services was significantly higher.

Price Inflation for Outpatient hospital services since 1986

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1990 (11.19%), 1989 (10.86%), and 1991 (10.59%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Outpatient hospital services:

Year 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 100.000 103.331 112.515 124.738 138.700 153.392 168.669 184.308 195.023 204.562 215.054 224.862 233.154 246.000 263.792 281.138 309.777 337.931 356.277 372.985 395.008 424.230 456.849 490.622 520.550 546.863 574.023 601.670 628.913 653.191 672.374 705.811 735.647 747.849 771.583 787.853

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Buying power of $20 since 1986

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Outpatient hospital services, over time, for $20 beginning in 1986. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1986 $20.00 -
1987 $20.67 3.33%
1988 $22.50 8.89%
1989 $24.95 10.86%
1990 $27.74 11.19%
1991 $30.68 10.59%
1992 $33.73 9.96%
1993 $36.86 9.27%
1994 $39.00 5.81%
1995 $40.91 4.89%
1996 $43.01 5.13%
1997 $44.97 4.56%
1998 $46.63 3.69%
1999 $49.20 5.51%
2000 $52.76 7.23%
2001 $56.23 6.58%
2002 $61.96 10.19%
2003 $67.59 9.09%
2004 $71.26 5.43%
2005 $74.60 4.69%
2006 $79.00 5.90%
2007 $84.85 7.40%
2008 $91.37 7.69%
2009 $98.12 7.39%
2010 $104.11 6.10%
2011 $109.37 5.05%
2012 $114.80 4.97%
2013 $120.33 4.82%
2014 $125.78 4.53%
2015 $130.64 3.86%
2016 $134.47 2.94%
2017 $141.16 4.97%
2018 $147.13 4.23%
2019 $149.57 1.66%
2020 $154.32 3.17%
2021 $157.57 2.11%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for outpatient hospital services, 1986-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1986 * 1986 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Outpatient hospital services was 100.000 in the year 1986 and 787.853 in 2021:

787.853 / 100.000 * $20 = $157.57

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1986 has the same "purchasing power" as $157.57 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Outpatient hospital services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Outpatient hospital services in 1986. In addition to outpatient hospital services, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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