Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Household Well-Being

Posted: 13 May 2009

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Ramses H. Abul Naga

University of Bath - Department of Economics

Karine Lamiraud

ESSEC Business School

Date Written: November 2008

Abstract

According to the catastrophic health expenditure methodology a household is in catastrophe if its health out-of-pocket budget share exceeds a critical threshold. We develop a conceptual framework for addressing three questions in relation to this methodology, namely: 1. Can a budget share be informative about the sign of a change in welfare? 2. Is there a positive association between a household's poverty shortfall and its health out-of-pocket budget share? 3. Does an increase in population coverage of a health insurance scheme always result in a reduction of the prevalence of catastrophic expenditures?

JEL Classification: D63, H20, H21

Suggested Citation

Abul Naga, Ramses H. and Lamiraud, Karine, Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Household Well-Being (November 2008). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. DARP098. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401772

Ramses H. Abul Naga (Contact Author)

University of Bath - Department of Economics ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Karine Lamiraud

ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY
CERGY, CERGY PONTOISE CEDEX 95021
France

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