Individual Safety vs Financial Incentives: Young Patients Lose

A new paper published in the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research reveals that the business of pediatric medicine has become so incentivized to vaccinate all children according to the full CDC schedule in a one-size-fits-none approach, that doctors who attempt to provide true informed consent and individualized medicine forfeit profits that make keeping the doors open challenging.

With America’s children experiencing epidemic levels of chronic disorders, it is clear the current business model that puts vaccination quotas ahead of individual patient health outcomes is not working. It’s time for new models to be designed that reward practices that improve and maintain the health of children.

“No published assessment of revenue variation associated with variance in pediatric vaccine uptake exists. Using data from patients in a pediatric practice that provides full-service with informed consent, we provide a detailed analysis of the financial realities of respecting informed consent and allowing parents to exercise their legal right to refuse some or all pediatric vaccines. The data from a 30-day period of billing were tracked and analyzed via superbills, noting vaccines that were ordered and those that were refused. Considering that other practice income covered all operating expenses; these numbers reflect actual profits (from vaccines given) and losses (from vaccines refused). Patients in the practice exhibited increased refusal of some or all vaccines over a period of approximately ten years.  These real-world data show losses would exceed one million US dollars for a practice that bills out just over 3 million (gross revenue). With pediatric administrative overhead running 60–80%, it becomes clear that the financial incentives to vaccinate are now a matter of survival for pediatric practices.” [emphasis added]