When you don’t provide health care to people who need it, it is against their human rights. But, the right to health doesn’t necessarily mean the right to every single medicine available. Resource constraints in many countries mean that delivery of expensive medicines and interventions is simply not possible. Rather, realizing the right to health means ensuring the provision of all possible health care interventions to everyone who needs them in a given country, regardless of their class, race, or gender.

— Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda Health Minister

You have to recognize that different patients have different risk attitudes. A doctor’s job is only half done with the diagnosis. The huge range of available treatments means that the doctor’s job is further complicated. In some cases that essentially means asking the patient, “Which side effect would you like to deal with?” and, “What trade-offs are you willing to make?” It’s not just about doing things right, it’s about doing the right things.

— Dr. Al Mulley, Director, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science

We like to say there’s a fantasy that great science in the hands of expert practitioners equates to great health care. That’s simply not true. The sheer number of perspectives at the conference — from industry, pharmaceuticals, law, academia, public health — show the complexity of the issue, and that diversity of thinking will be a necessary part of the solution.

— Daniel Lee, Program Officer, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science

Individuals often delegate decision-making power to others. We trust mechanics to fix cars without needing all the info, so why don’t we expect the same of our doctors? Actually, there’s good reason...

— Roberto Iunes, Senior Health Economist, World Bank Institute