Small-town doctor still charges patients just $5 a visit6/25/2012
If you're someone who thinks U.S. healthcare costs are out of control, take heart in the story of Russell Dohner, a long-standing Illinois doctor who basically hasn't changed his rates since 1955 when he opened his clinic. Then, the Rushville physician charged $2 a head. Today, he asks patients for $5 but notes the increase occurred in the 1970s and hasn't changed since. (It should also be noted this fee isn't a copay - it covers the whole visit). Although the 88-year-old has been through a number of training updates, he's never taken a vacation, never switched nurses, and never altered the furniture. His clinic is like a flash back in time and the patients, who consider him a local hero, are grateful for it.
What do you think of Dohner's story?