|August 9, 2013 1:00 PM

Patients! Become engaged!

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Dr. Dave Downs says doctors must supply info to patients, and patients must in turn arm themselves with info to make critical decisions about their best treatment options. Call it healthcare democracy.

Downs is the medical director of the Denver-based group Engaged Public. A former president of the Colorado Medical Society, Downs says that patients need to learn more about their own healthcare — and better understand options for treating their health problems.

The more information a patient has, the better able that patient is in working with their doc or other provider to make democratic decisions about treatment options. And the better decisions are made, the more cost savings can be realized in a culture of upwardly spiraling healthcare costs.

Downs was a featured speaker at this year’s Colorado Health Symposium at Keystone. In this radio interview with Colorado Public News, Downs talks about his pilot program, Engaged Benefit Design, to help patients make the best decisions — like when they have simple coronary disease.

Click the link below to listen to the full radio interview.

Interviewed by Carol McKinley

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