Montenegro decided to wage war against ‘temporary’ foreigners who have right to in vitro fertilization, IVF, which they manage to exercise thanks to the facilitated procedures for getting the status of an insurance beneficiary.
Namely, it is noted that the number of foreigners who exercise their right to IVF at the expense of the state has been increasing steadily every year, writes Dnevne Novine daily. In 2017, 41 foreign women underwent the process and the state had to pay €66,000 for that. In 2018, their number doubled (73 foreign women) and the state paid around €122,000.
The amendments to the Law on Health Insurance now stipulate that IVF is possible only if one of the partners possesses Montenegrin citizenship.
“We could read many media articles on ‘misuse’ of this right by foreigners who used to come to Montenegro for a month or two, apply for this process and then request the state to bear the expense of in vitro fertilization,” Director General in Montenegro’s Health Ministry, Slađana Pavlović, clarifies for Dnevne Novine daily.
On the main amendments to the Law, Ms Pavlović says that many suggestions and comments presented during the public debate have been incorporated into the new draft law.