Why are AEDs so expensive?

AEDs are expensive because of the level of R&D that goes into each unit. 

AEDs are medical devices which uses specialty electronic components to accurately analyze heart rhythms in order to effectively save someone’s life. The amount of research and development that goes into these units is extensive and they are rigorously tested to ensure they will work when called upon to perform. Consider the impact an AED can have on someone’s life!

5 Responses to “Why are AEDs so expensive?”

December 20, 2020 at 7:18 am, Raymond Langley said:

There are so many out there for sale, they should alot cheaper than they are..not many people can afford these machines

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January 14, 2021 at 9:30 pm, Andrew said:

I agree. That’s pretty absurd. Especially because it can save a life in those short few minutes.

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January 30, 2021 at 8:34 pm, notascammer said:

Greed. Simple as that.
I used to do an electronics course and the actual components for this cost pennies. So even when you add in research and labour costs, it’s nowhere near a thousand pounds / dollars. Yet that’s how expensive these things are. Thinking about the impact these things could have doesn’t give me a magic thousand pounds to spare.

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June 14, 2021 at 12:39 am, Alan hubbard said:

Lives are lost purely because of the cost of these relatively cheap to produce life savers.
If these machine manufacturers were not so profit grabbing more lives will be saved.
Ramp up production and reduce the price Simple

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October 18, 2021 at 11:57 am, FFParamedic3571 said:

It’s a lot more than just the cost of electronic components. There is the cost to manufacture, FDA and patent cost (which are crazy expensive), and ultimately the cost of the overhead for the business selling it. The business is going to need to make some money. It would be like telling a Doctor or Nurse that they should work for free or for half their wage because they can save lives.

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