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.
@suetanvil We should also not justify the narratives of medical industry that is clearly making more than a reasonable share thanks to patents and arbitrary prices. It' hard to believe thay this is all explainable with quality control, or even mostly, and there are such drastic price differences between regions (say NA vs EU vs India) that this logic simply doesnt hold. Patents in medicine are largely harmful to those in need.
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