Ever wonder how expensive end-of-life care is in the US? Or how cost-competitive cryonics might be for those who felt it offered a superior chance at life?
This analysis was spurred by a hospital employee I know who recently suggested that perhaps POLST forms for terminal patients should be modified to offer cryonics. Instead of simply offering choices like DNR (do not resuscitate) and Full Code, the terminally ill could be offered cryopreservation under certain circumstances as well. The obvious reasoning is that the quality of life for the worst off patients is so low (especially for those who end up on ventilators), the chance of near-term revival is so slim, and the cost of care is so high, that cryonics must be cost competitive with intensive, ongoing ICU care. But how high is the cost?
* $2192 / day x 12.7 days = $28,000 cost of cryonics at Cryonics Institute
Taken at face value, this suggests that an insurer might prefer paying for cryonics if they expect a patient to be on a ventilator for over 12.7 days. But the average length of mechanical ventilation (for patients who get ventilator treatment at all) is already known to be 14.4 days. So insurers could likely save money by allowing patients to voluntarily elect cryopreservation in any situation where they would otherwise end up on a ventilator.
 This ~14 day care estimate is conservatively short in the sense that it includes everyone over 18 given ventilation and not just the terminally ill.
 This cost estimate is also conservative in the sense that the cost data is all 12 years old and is presumably more expensive now.