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Alere's Dr. Gordon Norman Highlights Challenges and Promising Solutions to U.S. Healthcare System to International Health Insurance Executives
Date:4/29/2009

- Dr. Gordon Norman presents overview of US healthcare industry problems and solutions to attendees at International Federation of Health Plans Meeting in Boston

- Noted universal recognition that U.S. gets among the worst value for its healthcare investment

- Emphasized greater coordination of personalized care can help America address and resolve today's healthcare challenges

MARIETTA, Ga., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Norman, M.D., executive vice president of Science and Innovation for Alere LLC, a leader in personal health support solutions, today presented insights into the U.S. health systems' challenges and offered promising solutions at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP). The London-based organization, representing leading global health insurers, met in Boston April 28 - 29.

Representing some of the world's leading health insurers, attendees are in the U.S. to gather information about worldwide health challenges and to discover and share insights into best practices from other countries. Healthcare executives attending represent countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Australia.

Norman noted that a key challenge in the coming decades will be addressing those health issues that are often undiagnosed and under-treated and that can easily spiral into high cost diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

"It's time to wake up and make significant changes to our approach in achieving better health," stated Norman. "Today's youth may be the first American generation to have lower longevity than their parents. What's more, our approach to healthcare is causing U.S. businesses to become less competitive as the health and wellness of human capital is not being adequately addressed."

Norman noted that aging baby boomers, as well
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