@Gargron Exigent circumstances demand mandatory licensing, pooling, or revocation of patents.

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@suetanvil @dredmorbius @Gargron ..and then someone asking why they were charging $11k each anyway, and trying to recoup say $10900 on each one the state had previously bought.

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@penguin42 @dredmorbius @Gargron

The main reason is that medical gear needs astounding levels of quality control. There are legitimate reasons for (many of) the high prices these sorts of things go for.

The Italian situation seems to be one of use the dodgy ventilator or the patient dies anyway but we shouldn't mistake that for best practices.

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