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Xref: info.physics.utoronto.ca news.answers:30054 sci.answers:1638 sci.cryonics:1795 Path: cantaloupe.srv.cs.cmu.edu!tsf From: tsf+@cs.cmu.edu (Timothy Freeman) Newsgroups: sci.cryonics,news.answers,sci.answers Subject: Cryonics FAQ 7: Cost of Cryonics Supersedes: Followup-To: sci.cryonics Date: 1 Oct 1994 07:02:33 GMT Organization: Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Computer Science Lines: 61 Approved: news-answers-request@MIT.Edu Expires: 14 Nov 1994 07:01:42 GMT Message-ID: References: NNTP-Posting-Host: pop.cs.cmu.edu 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 irritating. Archive-name: cryonics-faq/part7 Cryonics Frequently Asked Question List Section 7: Cost of Cryonics Last Modified Tue Jun 1 12:42:23 1993 (You can fetch cryomsg "n" by sending mail to kqb@whscad1.att.com or to kevin.q.brown@att.com with the subject line "CRYOMSG n". There is more about this in the answer to question 8-2. The index to this FAQ list is cryomsg "0018.1". ) Copyright 1993 by Tim Freeman. See the end of Section 1 for restrictions on redistribution. 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 organizations like? 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 term? >>> Question sent to Alcor on Fri Jul 24 17:34:44 1992 <<<


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