We all know medical prices have gone up dramatically over the past couple of decades, but we found information about what it cost to have a baby in a hospital in 1943.

Erin McCarty

Believe it or not, but the total cost was $29 dollars!!  That pricetag would be about $100,000 plus today. How have we gotten so out of control on this front? What do we have to do fix this?  Obviously we will never go back to the prices of the 40's, but can we do something to curb the rising costs.

I started looking at prices over the decades for other items. But first we must look at wages over the years.

Average Wages 
1930 $1,970.00, 1940 $1,725.00, 1950 $3,210.00, 1960 $5,315.00,
1970 $9,400.00 , 1980 $19,500.00 , 1990 $28,960.00 , 2008 $40,523

Average Cost of New Car 
1930 $600.00, 1940 $850.00, 1950 $1,510.00, 1960 $2,600.00,
1970 $3,450.00, 1980 $7,200.00, 1990 $16,950.00, 2008 $27,958, 2013 $31,352

Average Cost Gallon Of Gas 
1930 10 cents, 1940 11 cents, 1950 18 cents, 1960 25 cents,
1970 36 cents, 1980 $1.19, 1990 $1.34, 2009 $2.051, 2013 $3.80

Average Cost Loaf of Bread 
1930 9 cents, 1940 10 cents, 1950 12 cents, 1960 22 cents,
1970 25 cents, 1980 50 cents, 1990 70 cents, 2008 $2.79, 2013 $1.98

Average Cost 1lb Hamburger Meat 
1930 12 cents, 1940 20 cents, 1950 30 cents, 1960 45 cents,
1970 70 cents, 1980 99 cents, 1990 89 cents, 2009 $3.99, 2013 $4.68

Average Cost Of New Home 
1930 $3,845.00, 1940 $3,920.00, 1950 $8,450.00, 1960 $12,700.00,
1970 $23,450.00, 1980 $68,700.00, 1990 $123,000.00, 2008 $238,880, 2013 $289,500