The West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved a 3.54 percent inpatient rate increase for Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

The hospital also won approval to raise outpatient rates by 10 percent. The Parkersburg hospital had requested a 10 percent rate increase for both inpatient and outpatient services. It cited rising costs of nursing and technician salaries, pharmaceutical supplies and other expenses.

Camden-Clark spokesman Greg Smith said the hospital hadn't requested a significant increase in several years.

The average charge for an inpatient stay will increase from about $5849 to $6000. The average charge for an outpatient visit will rise from about $328 to about $361.

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