About the Authors

Martin McKee, David Stuckler
European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

David Stuckler
Department of Sociology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Sanjay Basu
Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Sanjay Basu
Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

martin.mckee@lshtm.ac.uk

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.