A family has been left with a bill of 60,000 kroner after a birth at Haukeland University Hospital because the mother was without a Norwegian social security number. Both parents are Norwegian citizens.
After the birth in May of this year, Nicolas Kubwimana and Light Mabano received a bill of 57,643 kroner, newspaper Bergens Tidende.
The reason for this is that Mabano was waiting for a response from the UDI for a residence permit, and therefore lacked a Norwegian social security number. The family father has been a Norwegian citizen since 2008. He says the family cannot afford to pay.
– Light was in Norway legally and waited for processing of her application when she gave birth. UDI’s decision came just days after birth, and stated firmly that she has a right to be here. That the process has taken a long time is not the family’s sake, said family lawyer, Marianne Karlsen.
Haukeland University Hospital automatically sends out invoices to patients who are not members of the National Insurance Scheme. If the patients are unable to pay, the hospital takes the bill.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today