This morning, Jo Ellen, the HME News sales rep, sent Liz, Theresa and I a very interesting email.  

While she was decluttering her house last night in preparation for an upcoming town-wide paper shredding event, Jo came across a receipt from when she was born in the hospital.

I wasn’t cheeky enough to ask her when exactly that was, but in Jo’s words, “it was decades ago.”


“My mom stayed in the hospital 3 days.

The hospital room and board was $60.00

Medication was $3.65

Doctor was $50.00 to deliver”


Meanwhile, it cost Liz $5,000 (out-of-pocket) to her have baby in the hospital a little over a year-and-a-half-ago.

I used a calculator to figure out the inflation rate, and (assuming I got Jo’s birth year correct) that same hospital stay would have cost this in 2016:


Hospital room and board: $590

Medication: $36

Delivery: $490


In a time when the cost of health care is skyrocketing across the board, rather than unpack this myself, I thought this might provide a little food for thought over the weekend.