Market Survey of Healthcare Provider Vaccine Purchasing Behavior

Faculty Contact: Sarah J Clark, MPH

Background:
The high cost to purchase vaccines has been identified as a barrier to offering vaccines in private health settings. There is little information about the extent to which immunization providers utilize mechanisms such as vaccine purchasing groups, or whether these mechanisms are successful in lowering purchase costs.

Objectives:
To describe the operations of vaccine purchasing groups; to examine immunization providers’ use of vaccine purchasing groups and the prices paid for vaccines.

Research Topics and Methods:
The project will involve several components:

  • Interviews with vaccine purchasing groups
  • Surveys of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatric practices to collect data on vaccine purchases
  • Analysis of per-dose purchase price, by specialty and by use of vaccine purchasing group 

Funder:
The project is funded by the National Vaccine Program Office, through a subcontract with Mathematica.

For more information, please contact:
Principal Investigator: Sarah Clark, MPH
Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit
University of Michigan Division of General Pediatrics
300 North Ingalls, 6E06 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5456
Telephone: 734-647-3649  
Email: saclark[at]umich[dot]edu