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Health Care Output and Prices in the Producer Price Index

Health Care Output and Prices in the Producer Price Index

Chapter:
(p.221) 6 Health Care Output and Prices in the Producer Price Index
Source:
Medical Care Output and Productivity
Author(s):
Dennis FixlerMitchell Ginsburg
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226132303.003.0007

Within the context of the Producer Price Index (PPI), the health care sector is viewed as containing the following service and manufacturing industries: hospital and related services, physicians, medical laboratories, nursing homes, drugs, and home health care. The industrial classification of the relevant industries will change shortly with the implementation of the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) agreed to in 1996. This system will allow the U.S. product codes to be mapped into a system that is similar to the ones used in other countries. To economize on the explanation of index number construction and the associated problems, this chapter focuses on the PPI indexes for hospitals, physicians, and drugs. It also briefly describes the price indexes for medical labs, nursing homes, and home health care.

Keywords:   Producer Price Index, health care, hospitals, physicians, drugs, price indexes, medical laboratories, nursing homes, home health care

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