‘No jab, no pay’ unfair, say doctors

Paediatricians and public health groups and GPs have spoken out against the Federal Government's proposed ‘no jab, no pay' policy, saying that it risks further alienating disadvantaged children.

The policy to withhold benefits, which comes into effect in 2016, will discriminate against financially disadvantaged and remotely located families, who may have difficulty accessing vaccination providers, says the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

"Demographically disadvantaged families are often unable to access remote and infrequent services due to distance and