Govt defends axing PIP for immunisation

It appears the Federal Government did not seek expert medical advice on its plan to scrap general practice immunisation incentives and whether immunisation coverage will collapse as a result.

Doctors have warned of a public health disaster in the wake of the budget attempt to save $80 million over the next four years, which will see about 5600 practices lose an average $3600 a year.

The incentives, first introduced in the early 1990s, raised childhood immunisation rates from about 65

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