Health check response shows ‘stick’ didn’t work

The government in its 2012–13 budget said it would ditch the GP Immunisation Incentive Scheme and would instead attempt to maintain high vaccination rates – around 90% nationally – by threatening to withhold the Family Tax Benefit A supplement from families who failed to have their children immunised.

But in a similar move a year earlier the government linked the $726 payment for lower income families to the previously voluntary Healthy Kids Check (HKC) for children aged four (soon to be for children aged three).