Quotes by: Paul Farmer

What the American public thinks is very important to the future of global health. Many people are moved by the idea that there is unnecessary suffering in the world, and we could do a lot to stop it. We have the technologies necessary to stop most of the suffering.
Paul Farmer
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.
Paul Farmer
The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right.
Paul Farmer
The only way to do the human rights thing is to do the right thing medically.
Paul Farmer
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.
Paul Farmer
I would say that, intellectually, Catholicism had no more impact on me than did social theory.
Paul Farmer
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.
Paul Farmer
You can't have public health without a public health system. We just don't want to be part of a mindless competition for resources. We want to build back capacity in the system.
Paul Farmer
I feel it's part of my job to make the problems of the poor compelling.
Paul Farmer
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.
Paul Farmer
The idea that because you're born in Haiti you could die having a child. The idea that because you're born in you know Malawi your children may go to bed hungry. We want to take some of the chance out of that.
Paul Farmer
We have to design a health delivery system by actually talking to people and asking, 'What would make this service better for you?' As soon as you start asking, you get a flood of answers.
Paul Farmer
You can't have public health without working with the public sector. You can't have public education without working with the public sector in education.
Paul Farmer
We've taken on the major health problems of the poorest - tuberculosis, maternal mortality, AIDS, malaria - in four countries. We've scored some victories in the sense that we've cured or treated thousands and changed the discourse about what is possible.
Paul Farmer
I critique market-based medicine not because I haven't seen its heights but because I've seen its depths.
Paul Farmer
The biggest public health challenge is rebuilding health systems. In other words, if you look at cholera or maternal mortality or tuberculosis in Haiti, they're major problems in Haiti, but the biggest problem is rebuilding systems.
Paul Farmer
I mean, everybody should have access to medical care. And, you know, it shouldn't be such a big deal.
Paul Farmer

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