The Ministry of Health should look into paying parents to encourage them to vaccinate their children, a report into New Zealand's lagging immunisation rates says.and
The report ruled out making immunisation compulsory but directed the Ministry of Health to consider immunisation incentive payments to parents, or linking existing parental benefits to immunisation.It would be interesting to see just what effect payment would have. Are monetary payments the best form of incentive in situations like this? What exactly stops parent from having their kids immunised? The incentives of the parent and the kids would seem to be aligned well enough to get the parents to have the kids immunised just for the kids sake.
The current incentive scheme offers payments to primary health organisations for reaching certain immunisation targets but no direct payments to parents.
In Australia, parents on any income are eligible for two payments of $A122.75 ($NZ166.91) if they ensure their children have met immunisation schedule requirements by certain ages.