I’ve been keeping pretty busy lately, sorting through all my dad’s belongings since he passed away about a month ago. Although it hasn’t been a fun process, I’ve come across a few treasures like old pictures, letters, or something else from his past that has helped lift my spirits.
Yesterday, I found this gem. It’s a hospital bill from when my grandmother gave birth to my dad on Christmas Eve, 1950. Check it out–click on it to enlarge it.
The grand total is a whopping $86.33! I used the consumer price index calculator to figure out how much that would be worth today, and it’s about $755.00. That’s still not bad considering my hospital bill for giving birth to my daughter in 2005 was over five grand.
I know Grandma didn’t have the all the “luxuries” and technologies we have today in many hospital wards. But really, how different is giving birth to a baby in 2008 versus 1950?