Paul Farmer Quotes

24 Paul Farmer quotes:

"Even die-hard fans of the market acknowledge that TB care should be free. Why? Because it's an airborne disease and treatment equals prevention."
"I've been impressed, over the last 15 years, with how often the somewhat conspiratorial comments of Haitian villagers have been proven to be correct when the historical record is probed carefully."
"And I can also show you that people from all walks of life agree that someone who is sick deserves, in principle, compassion and care."
"Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care."
"At the same time, the fact the world's poor are calling upon us to help is a marker, in my view, of the limitless potential of human solidarity."
"But as for activism, my parents did what they could, given the constraints, but were never involved in the causes I think of when I think of activists."
"But if you're asking my opinion, I would argue that a social justice approach should be central to medicine and utilized to be central to public health. This could be very simple: the well should take care of the sick."
"For me, an area of moral clarity is: you're in front of someone who's suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act."
"I critique market-based medicine not because I haven't seen its heights but because I've seen its depths."
"I mean we grew up in a TB bus and I became a TB doctor."
"I think we will see better vaccines within the next 15 years, but I'm not a scientist and am focused on the short-term - what will happen in the interim."
"I'm not an austere person."
"I'm one of six kids, and the eight of us lived for over a decade in either a bus or a boat."
"It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not, by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care."
"It was apparent from the early 80s that in order to do something lasting and significant in Haiti we would need a springboard in the States."
"Shuttling back and forth between what is possible and what is likely to occur is instructive and a lot of what shapes our sentiment."
"Since I do not believe that there should be different recommendations for people living in the Bronx and people living in Manhattan, I am uncomfortable making different recommendations for my patients in Boston and in Haiti."
"So I can't show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right. But what I can argue is that no one should have to die of a disease that is treatable."
"The only way to do the human rights thing is to do the right thing medically."
"The poorest parts of the world are by and large the places in which one can best view the worst of medicine and not because doctors in these countries have different ideas about what constitutes modern medicine. It's the system and its limitations that are to blame."

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