Focus on Public Health Policy

Vaccine Financing and Delivery: Room for Improvement

October 7, 200815 min
Host: Jennifer Shu, MD

Guest: Jay Berkelhamer, MD

Vaccines are one of our greatest public health successes, yet the nation's vaccine financing and delivery system is failing. The number of new vaccines advised for our young patients has nearly doubled in the last 5 years, just as the cost to fully immunize a child has increased substantially. Is our system broken beyond repair, or is relief in sight? Dr. Jay Berkelhamer, senior vice president and chief academic officer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, joins host Dr. Jennifer Shu to talk about the pressing need for improvements in the mechanisms through which we pay and provide funding for vaccines.

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