The cost of goods in the health care industry increased by 4.9 per cent for the 12 months leading to April.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says for the month of April alone, goods in the health division saw a 0.4 per cent increase in prices.
This was due mainly to a 0.4 per cent increase in the index for the group 'Medicines and Health Products'.
STATIN says higher prices for some over-the-counter painkillers, as well as cough and flu medicines influenced the movement.
A 0.6 per cent upward movement in the cost of 'Out Patient Care Services' was also reflected, as there were increases in fees charged by some general practitioners.
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