Healthcare costs rose 4X faster than other prices in 2010

US healthcare costs rose 6.1% during 2010, almost four times the 1.6% consumer inflation rate, according to Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Composite Index.

That's bad, but not as bad as in 2009, when healthcare prices rose 8.2%, while consumer prices fell slightly according to the US Department of Labor.

In 2010, commercially-insured healthcare costs rose 7.8%, while Medicare costs rose just 3.3% due to US Government cost controls, according to S&P.