According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for outpatient hospital services were 4.62% higher in 2020 versus 2018 (a $0.92 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2020: Outpatient hospital services experienced an average inflation rate of 2.28% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, outpatient hospital services costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $20.92 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.46% during this same period, inflation for outpatient hospital services was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Outpatient hospital services:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Outpatient hospital services, over time, for $20 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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