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Vaccines for children

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1023
  1. G Dunea

    Recently a newspaper editorial pointed out that the American taxpayer had just received a $700 000 lesson in the economics of health care reform. The subject was President Clinton's programme to federalise the distribution of vaccines for children. This was held up as an example of what might have happened had Congress enacted the proposed 1400 page health care reform bill that would have restructured in one fell swoop one seventh of the United States' economy.

    As conceived in early 1992, the “innovative” Vaccines for Children programme was designed to raise the immunisation rates of 2 year old infants by providing free vaccines to all, regardless of ability to pay. At the time the federal minister in charge of …

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