(KCEN) -- The nation's health care costs may not be up to par.
But that's certainly not stopping prescription prices from going up.
After a price drop during the recession, the cost of prescription drugs went up four percent last year.
All of this, as prices for a doctor's visit, lab test and nursing home rooms fell below the rate of inflation for the past two years.
The price increase is blamed on highly-promoted new brand name drugs which aren't yet available in a cheaper generic form.