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Welfare Analysis of the Universal Health Care Program in Thailand

Natt Hongdilokkul
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Natt Hongdilokkul: Simon Fraser University

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Abstract: I estimate and decompose the welfare benefit of Thailand's universal health care policy, also known as the "30 Baht program". The total welfare impact of the 30 Baht program is defined as the amount of consumption that an enrollee would need to give up that would leave her at the same expected utility as without the 30 Baht program. I find that the total welfare benefit is approximately 75 cents per one dollar of government spending. The main source of the welfare effect can be attributed to improved consumption smoothing rather than increases in the consumption level. Using difference in differences method, I find that the effect of the 30 Baht program on income is signicantly positive, while the effect on consumption is slightly negative but not significant. This implies that the 30 Baht program has a positive impact on savings and future consumption, rather than current consumption.

Keywords: Welfare Analysis; Health Care Program (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H5 I13 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2017-05, Revised 2017-05
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