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Cryonics FAQ 7: Cost of Cryonics

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		     Section 7: Cost of Cryonics
		Last Modified Sun Jan 29 15:14:00 1995

(You can fetch cryomsg "n" by sending mail to kqb@cryonet.org with the 
subject line "CRYOMSG n", where "n" is a mesage number.  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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