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Discussion in 'Other Reminiscences' started by Hal Pollner, Sep 15, 2020 at 11:18 AM.
Here's what things cost when I came along in 1936:
When I look at prices, I automatically think of worth which can be a good thing but not so much when it comes to some things.
As an example, in 1936 a person born in hospital with no complications might have cost about $10 or less whilst in 1950 there is no recorded cost of over $50 for a normal birth.
Now, the cost of a normal birth starts at around $2,500.
So, viewing all that we may assume can we say that (a) hospitals are bigger business, (b) the fed was created and prices surged, (c) doctors need to live in bigger houses, (d) prices are higher to curb overpopulation and bump up the market on birth control or (e) kids are worth more nowadays?
When I was born on July 11, 1936, Dr. Gilmore's total charges were $85 at the Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling,W. Va.
Price gouger! In WWII, most of the children born in England were delivered free of charge.
With me, my mom wasn't in a hospital. A midwife came by, and my dad paid her $2.00 to deliver me.
Later that day, my mom was outside hanging up clothes.