Letters Greek economic crisis

Effects of Greek economic crisis on health are real

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8602 (Published 21 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8602
  1. Alexander Kentikelenis, research fellow1,
  2. Marina Karanikolos, research fellow2,
  3. Irene Papanicolas, lecturer in health economics3,
  4. Sanjay Basu, assistant professor of medicine4,
  5. Martin McKee, professor of European public health2,
  6. David Stuckler, lecturer in sociology5
  1. 1Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  2. 2Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Social Policy, LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
  4. 4Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  5. 5Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, UK
  1. ds450{at}cam.ac.uk

We were surprised by Liaropoulos’s conclusions about the health effects of the Greek economic crisis.1 His article contains several unreferenced assertions and contradictions, such as statements that there is “no evidence of denial of services to patients” yet “many [people] are without cover” and the church, non-governmental associations, and others are “rallying to help.”

He …

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