May 21, 2000
Albert Blumberg, M.D. Via Facsimile (410) 547-0915
Dear Dr. Blumberg:
This letter is to advise you that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a letter of inquiry with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Board of Physician Quality Assurance, regarding the illegal practice of medicine by unlicensed Cuban physicians currently treating a patient, Elian Gonzalez, who is now residing on private property in the State of Maryland.
Based on the federal government's own admissions via the Department of Justice and the INS, an unknown number of unidentified Cuban national physicians have been allowed to fly into the state of Maryland from Cuba, and, with the permission of the federal government, have been allowed to treat the minor patient, Elian Gonzalez. The media has made very public the reports of the medical treatment and diagnoses of these physicians. These facts lead us to conclude that these Cuban physicians have been allowed, indeed, even encouraged, to practice medicine in the United States with the permission of the Executive Branch of the United States government.
As far as we can discertain, these physicians are not licensed by any state in this country. Further, they are treating a patient who is residing on private property, rather than on a U.S. military base or any other property under the jurisdiction of a foreign country. Therefore, the logical conclusion is that these physicians are practicing medicine illegally in this country, specifically, in the jurisdiction of the state of Maryland.
Licensing and regulating of the practice of medicine is under the jurisdiction of the states under the Constitution. And yet, the U.S. Department of Justice is asking the State of Maryland, the legislature, and the Board of Quality Assurance to look the other way in the interest of the Administration's political interests.
Enclosed is our letter of inquiry on this matter to Dr. Sidney Seidman and the Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance requesting immediate action to halt this obvious, illegal practice of medicine in the state of Maryland.
As representatives of all physicians and patients in the state of Maryland, AAPS urges you to support our inquiry and request for an immediate halt to this illegal practice of medicine.
JANE M. ORIENT, M.D.