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From: email@example.com (Timothy Freeman)
Subject: Cryonics FAQ 7: Cost of Cryonics
Date: 1 Oct 1994 07:02:33 GMT
Organization: Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Computer Science
Expires: 14 Nov 1994 07:01:42 GMT
Summary: This posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions
and their answers about cryonics, the practice of carefully preserving
very recently clinically and legally dead people in hopes that they can be
revived in the future. It should be read by anyone interested in posting
to sci.cryonics and by anyone who finds the prospect of certain death
Frequently Asked Question List
Section 7: Cost of Cryonics
Last Modified Tue Jun 1 12:42:23 1993
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Copyright 1993 by Tim Freeman. See the end of Section 1 for
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7-1. Why does cryonics cost so much?
Alcor has available a 15-page $3.00 reprint on "The Cost of Cryonics".
Also, Appendix C of CRFT has the same title. Here is a summary
from Page A-36 (which I rounded to the nearest 50 dollars):
Whole Body Neuro
Remote Transport $14,050. $14,050.
Cryoprotective Perfusion $13,400. $11,500.
Laboratory Evaluations $ 950. $ 950.
Temperature Descent $ 8,350. $ 1,750.
Record Keeping $ 450. $ 400.
------------------------ -------- --------
Total $37,200. $28,650.
Annual Liquid Nitrogen $ 850. $ 50. "Bigfoot" Dewar
Storage Costs $ 1,700. $ 150. Older-Style Dewars
The funds remaining after the suspension costs must be sufficient to
pay the annual liquid nitrogen costs from interest alone (which is
conservatively estimated as 2% in inflation-adjusted dollars). The
current fees ($42,000. for neuro and $140,000. for whole-body)
approximate that well. Bear in mind that the above costs do not
include extensive and/or remote standby, which can be quite expensive,
so everyone should arrange funding in excess of the minimums.
Other organizations have lower fees. There have been debates about
how much money is really needed. (Citation?)
7-2. Is anyone getting rich from cryonics? What are the salaries at these
In December 1990, Cryonics magazine reported that the Board of
Directors of Alcor voted a 25% pay cut for all of the staff, so they
could keep their budget balanced. Many of the Directors are also on
the staff. The salaries after the cut ranged from $22,500 annually
for highest paid full-time employee (the President) to $14,400 for
the lowest-paid full-time employee. None of the Alcor staff are
getting rich from their salaries.
7-3. *How do cryonics organizations invest their money to last for the long
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