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His name is Russell Dohner. He lives in Rushville, Illinois. He's 87-years-old. He is not retired. Doctor Dohner has been on the job for the past 60-years, taking care of townsfolk. He says he never got into medicine for the money. He just wanted to help people and over the last six decades he's proven that.
Doctor Dohner charged 2-dollars a visit when he first began. These days it's 5-dollars. That's right, five bucks to see the doctor. No fancy computers in the office. Records are kept on file cards. He does have patients in the hospital so he gets up early every day and makes his rounds. Then it's off to the office where he arrives shortly before 10am. There are no appointments. He sees people on a first come, first served basis. So there's always, as you could imagine, a long line outside his office every day.
Oh another thing. Doctor Dohner doesn't accept medical insurance. At five bucks a visit, he says it's not worth the trouble.
By the way, Russell Dohner also served the country in the Army during World War Two. He used the G.I. Bill to get his education and wanted to become a cardiologist. That's when the doctor in Rushville asked him to put off those goals and come back and practice medicine in their small town with him. He agreed. Then that other doctor left town so Doctor Dohner couldn't very well leave so he decided to stay on as the town's physician.
This guy is just an incredible human being and like I said, my hero. Get this. On Thursdays he closes his office at noon, but that's so he can go see patients in the nursing home. On Sundays, he sees patients before church and stops by the hospital afterwards.
Now if we could just convince a lot of retired doctors to do this sort of thing part time. Ah just a dream I guess.
Thank you Associated Press for having this story so I could share it with everyone.