Consumer willingness to pay for a hypothetical Zika vaccine in Brazil and the implications

Roberto Lúcio Muniz Júnior, Isabella Piassi Godói, Edna Afonso Reis, Marina Morgado Garcia, Augusto Afonso Guerra Júnior, Brian Godman, Cristina Mariano Ruas

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ABSTRACT : Background: Zika virus is a newly emerging infection, associated with increasingly large outbreaks especially in tropical countries such as Brazil. A future Zika vaccine can contribute to decreasing the number of cases and associated complications. Information about consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a hypothetical Zika vaccine can help price setting discussions in the future in Brazil, starting with the private market. Methods: A cross-sectional study conducted among residents of Minas Gerais, Brazil, regarding their WTP for a hypothetical Zika Vaccine. The mean effective protection was 80%, with the possibility of some local and systemic side- effects. Results: 517 people were interviewed. However, 28 would not be vaccinated even if the vaccine was free. Most of the resultant interviewees (489) were female (58.2%), had completed high school (49.7%), were employed (71.2%), had private health insurance (52.7%), and did not have Zika (96.9%). The median individual maximum WTP for this hypothetical Zika vaccine (one dose) was US$31.34 (BRL100.00). Conclusion: Such discussions regarding WTP can contribute to decision-making about prices once a Zika vaccine becomes available in Brazil alongside other ongoing programs to control the virus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-482
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Volume19
Issue number4
Early online date4 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Zika virus
  • Brazil
  • Zika vaccine
  • private pharmaceutical market

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