Bangkok and Chiang Mai major hit for national Co-Pay subsidy program

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The top five provinces for use of the program are Bangkok, Songkla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Chiang Mai. (Rod Fai Market, Bangkok)

After launching on October 23rd this year, the government’s co-pay program has proven very popular.

Over 717,000 stores have joined the program alongside 8.773 million users. Spending in the program has reached 18.797 billion baht divided into 9,581 billion baht paid by citizens and 9.216 billion baht paid by the state. Average spending per purchase has been calculated at 200 baht.



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The top five provinces for use of the program are Bangkok, Songkla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Chiang Mai.

Chatuchak or JJ Weekend Market, Bangkok.

Overall, the campaign has proven popular among members of the public and it has translated into increased sales for vendors. Wanida Suthornwati of Roti Bang Bao in Yala said today that the store has seen a clear uptick in the number of customers registered for co-pay, including many new faces. The owner is hopeful the program will continue.

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Users have similarly lauded the project with most using it to buy appliances and food. Some have asked that the daily limit of 300 baht be increased.

Similar fervor for the program was seen in Uthai Thani at its riverside market with shops such as Moo Ping Jae Kiew and Kao Niew Mul Mae Sri Nual both reporting increased sales. Buyers all agreed the program should continue. (NNT)