Author(s): Manotar Tampubolon
This qualitative research aims to review how paramedics treat patients and corpses during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. It is still debatable that paramedics treat patients, not by medical ethics and nurse ethics, such as saying the patient has COVID-19 without a medical certificate. Likewise, with corpses, some patients who have died are categorized as COVID-19 victims without medical evidence. It happens because the cost of caring for victims of COVID-19 and the cost of burying a corpse infected with COVID-19 is more expensive than patients or cadavers who died from common diseases or outside COVID-19. Paramedics do not carry out work according to their paramedic ethics. This study uses a socio-legal approach, paramedical ethical theory, and COVID-19 related materials to answers why the paramedics disregard ethical behavior. This research proves that paramedics violated ethics during COVID-19 by betraying their profession with money and not carrying out work according to paramedic ethics. Paramedic ethics must be upheld and not commercialized profession on patients and corpses for cash as it is malpractice of paramedics' ethic and human rights violation.