Doctor Who Only Charged $5.00 For An Office Visit Dies



On August 7, 2015 the town of Rushville, Illinois lost a beloved and very dedicated family physician, Dr. Russell Dohner who died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90.

This WWII Army Veteran had used his G.I. Bill to attend Western Illinois University. After which, he continued his education and graduated from Northwestern University Medical School.

He opened his clinic in 1955 and charged his patients $2.00 for an office visit. Later he raised it to $5.00, a price that never increased over the years.

Dr. Dohner never took insurance. His office was run on a first come, first served basis. Those who were in serious need of a doctor would come in through the back door, where they would receive immediate attention.

The waiting room was almost always filled and sometimes patients would have to wait hours to be seen. Dr. Dohner would always stay until the very last patient had been examined.

He was known for always being on call for those in need, no matter where they were or what time it was.

In his 55 years of practice he never took a vacation, not even a day off. He retired in 2013 at the age of 88.



  1. Another great example of the best in humanity today. Thank you, my day is going great because of those examples and that just adds to it.

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