Deflation returned to the Producer Price Index (PPI) last month, as the PPI for final demand dropped 0.2 percent from January. Prices for final demand goods, less volatile food and energy, increased 0.1 percent. Most prices for health goods for final demand were flat. The exception – again – was pharmaceutical preparations, for which producer prices increased 1.2 percent.
What is new for February is the increase in health insurance. Increasing health costs are finally being passed on through premiums.
Read more at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.