The presidential palace on Wednesday sought to end speculation on the cost of surgery and a hospital stay at New York’s prestigious Mount Sinai for President Nicos Anastasiades.
In a written statement, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the President wished to make it clear that the cost of the surgery, hospital fees and accommodation in New York would be borne by him personally and not by the taxpayer. The costs of his own medical team, who will accompany the President, will also be borne by Anastasiasdes.
Anastasiades is to undergo surgery on his mitral valve on December 4. He leaves for New York on Saturday and is expected to return to the island before Christmas but is not likely to be fully back at work for at least a month after the operation.
On Tuesday, the government said Anastasiades, 68, would prefer to have the procedure done in Cyprus but went with the advice of his own doctors to travel to the US for the surgery in case of complications.
The cost of operations in the US can run from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on what is involved and the length of hospital stay, and the medical centre at which the procedure will be carried out. In Anastasiades case he will be in hospital for five to seven days.