No Jab, No Pay and vaccine refusal in Australia: the jury is out

Frank H Beard, Julie Leask and Peter B McIntyre
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00566
Published online: 6 November 2017

The main thrust of our Perspective1 was to weigh the potential benefits of legislative changes in increasing immunisation coverage against the identified potential for unintended adverse consequences,2,3 in order to assess the balance of risks and benefits. On this basis, we emphasised the importance of fully evaluating the No Jab, No Pay legislation and of teasing out the relative impacts of its three main policy components2 and associated measures, including free catch-up vaccines and incentive payments for GPs, on immunisation coverage.

  • Frank H Beard1,2
  • Julie Leask2
  • Peter B McIntyre1

  • 1 National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

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