Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Why does medical confidentiality matter during the covid-19 pandemic? A case study from regulations in Indonesia

Author(s): Afrizal Firman, Massoud Moslehpour Ferry Fadzlul Rahman, Hary Abdul Hakim

Since the final months of 2019, the novel coronavirus has spread to more than 200 countries worldwide. As of this publication World meters report indicates more than 181,000,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. This number keeps increasing daily, hitting different countries at different times, and the world has to adapt to the volatile situation. Data on patients is one of the key ingredients of policymaking. The governments and the World Health Organization need those data for analyzing public health services and policymaking. However, the question of patient privacy remains ambiguous. Therefore, the current pandemic has left the physicians, the patients, and the policymakers with a dilemma; protecting patient's privacy or sharing their information with the stakeholders. This paper intends to study the patients' privacy protection during the pandemic, taking Indonesia as its case study.

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