Cuban Doctors May Be Treating Elian Illegally in US

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed a complaint Thursday with the state of Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance, the state agency charged with licensing doctors, contending that Cuban doctors are illegally treating Elian Gonzalez.

The group also contends that the communist island doctors have received approval from the US Justice Department.

Doctor Jane Orient, AAPS Executive Director said, "based on the government's own reports, several Cuban physicians, who are not licensed to practice medicine in this country, have been providing medical treatment to, and possibly medicating, Elian Gonzalez while he has been residing on private property in the United States since the end of April."

"As far as AAPS can discern, these physicians are not licensed by any state in this country. Therefore, these physicians are illegally practicing medicine in this country with the obvious nod of the federal government," Orient said.

Elian was reunited with his father and relocated to the Wye Plantation on Maryland's eastern shore after a pre-dawn raid by government agents snatched him from the home of his Miami relatives on Easter weekend.

Orient went on to say, "By constitutional authority, licensure and regulation of doctors comes under the jurisdiction of the states. And yet these Cuban doctors have been allowed, indeed, even encouraged, to practice medicine in the US with the permission of the Executive Branch of the government."

The Maryland Board of Physician Quality and the Justice Department did not have any comment on the complaint.

AAPS says they also will file a complaint with the Washington DC Board of Medicine now that Elian will be moved to Washington. Additionally, the association has called on members of Congress to intervene.

"The Department of Justice and the White House are asking the medical community to look the other way in the interest of this administration's political interests. To allow the Department of Justice to usurp the constitutional power of the states is to set a bad precedent to allow any unlicensed physicians to practice medicine. If this is allowed to go unpunished, all patients should beware," Orient said.