The more complex issue of assessing the costs associated with staying in business from a legal and social standpoint are also somewhat clearer, but by no means as well understood as the more mundane costs associated with physically preparing a patient for suspension and caring for him thereafter.
No health insurance company will cover it, no government will subsidize it, no doctors will refer to it as a medical procedure. Pure water can be made to vitrify if cooled not more slowly than three million kelvins per second, 18 a cooling rate impractical for animal tissues.
Intracellular ice formation occurs only if the rate of freezing is faster than the rate of osmotic loss of water to the extracellular space.
From a purely scientific perspective, your money is probably better spent while you are still alive. Not all of these people make it through to suspension, but they nevertheless greatly increase the workload. Historically, as societies become more wealthy and long-lived, population takes care of itself.
MNT will be a game-changer in an unimaginable number of arenas, one of which is in medicine. Cryonics is the practice of using ultra-cold temperature to preserve a human body with the intent of restoring good health when the technology becomes available to do so. I believe it of critical importance that as soon as possible we evaluate these regulatory requirements and determine if we can meet them, or structure a standby program which would not use an insurance-based mechanism.
Some people will be able to avoid the high cost of round-the-clock RNs by being fortunate enough or unfortunate enough, depending upon your point of view to experience legal death in a hospital or nursing home.
Only after legal death has been pronounced can the cryonics procedures begin.
Timothy Leary was a long-time cryonics advocate and signed up with a major cryonics provider, but he changed his mind shortly before his death, and was not cryopreserved. This is important because cryonics is highly controversial within the mainstream medical community and often not well-regarded or well-understood.
Brown GC, Borutaite V.