People from around the world are coming to Serbia for sex reassignment surgery, which is now subsidized for Serbs by national health insurance.
Nearly 100 foreigners and Serbs have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the past year, and the numbers are growing.
Foreign patients say they are attracted to Serbia by the price tag of about $10,000 — compared with $50,000 or more at some clinics in the United States.
Sociologists say the more accepting attitude toward transgender people in Serbia signals the first glimmers of a shift in a country where conservative currents still run deep.
Sex reassignment surgery has become a surprising niche here, with four medical centers specializing in the procedure.