About the Authors

Martin McKee

martin.mckee@lshtm.ac.uk

Affiliation European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

David Stuckler

Affiliations European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, Department of Sociology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Sanjay Basu

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Competing Interests

MM is chair of the Global Health Advisory Committee of the Open Society Foundations and has served on advisory boards for Merck & Co. (1999–2006), Johnson & Johnson (2006–2009) and a funding panel of the Wellcome Trust. He is chair of WHO's European Advisory Committee on Health Research. He has received research funding from, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Commission, and Wellcome Trust. LSHTM receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: MM. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: MM. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: MM DS SB. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: MM DS SB. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: MM DS SB.