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This St. Mary's Hospital bill shows the cost of childbirth and a week-long stay at the Duluth hospital in 1917. Today, it would cost about $7,000 for a routine delivery and the average two-day stay at St. Mary's Medical Center. (Submitted)

After 92 years, the cost of dying is 500 times the cost of being born

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When Dorothy Miller was hospitalized for several days at St. Mary's Medical Center shortly before her death in June from Lou Gehrig's disease, the bill came to about $13,000, her sister said.


When Miller was born -- at the same hospital -- 92 years earlier, the bill her parents received for delivery of the baby and a week's hospitalization came to $27.10.

Her sister, Eileen Cerney, has the bill to prove it.

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