Local ‘$5 doctor’ (and WIU alum) continues to give back to Western Illinois

A P Photo/Jeff Roberson - Dr. Russell Dohner, right, talks with nurse Rose Busby about a patient's prescription in Rushville, Ill.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, photo, Dr. Russell Dohner, right, talks with nurse Rose Busby about a patient’s prescription in Rushville, Ill. In an era of rising healthcare costs, the 87-year-old doctor only charges patients $5 per office visit and doesn’t take insurance saying it isn’t worth the bother. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

“I always just wanted to be a doctor to help people with their medical problems and that’s all it’s for,” the 87-year-old family physician says. “It was never intended to make a lot of money.” — Dr. Russell Dohner

In 2006, Dr. Russell Dohner, a Rushville (IL) physician for close to 60 years, was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Western Illinois University’s Spring Commencement Exercises in Macomb. A member of the first pre-med group at Western after World War II, Dohner attended the Northwestern University Medical School, graduating in 1953. After practicing medicine for two years at St. Luke’’s Hospital in Chicago, Dohner returned to Rushville and has served as a doctor there ever since.

A recent Associated Press article, “The ‘$5 doctor’ practices medicine from bygone era,” recognizes Dr. Dohner’s contributions to the health care field, as well as to the people in the Western Illinois region.

Dr. Russell Dohner, WIU Photo

Dr. Russell Dohner, a Rushville (IL) physician for close to 60 years, was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Western Illinois University’’s Spring 2006 Commencement Exercises.

“The only thing that has changed, really — other than the quickness of the doctor’s step or the color of his thinning hair — is his fee. When Dohner started practicing medicine in Rushville in 1955, he charged the going rate around town for an office visit: $2,” states the article’s author Martha Irvine. “Now it is $5. This in an era when the cost of healthcare has steadily risen, when those who don’t have medical insurance often forgo seeing a doctor. But not Dohner’s patients. He doesn’t even accept medical insurance — says it’s not worth the bother.”

Kudos to Dr. Dohner who continues to embody the core values of Western Illinois University! Read the entire article at news.yahoo.com/5-doctor-practices-medicine-bygone-era-180340207–finance.html

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