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The '$5 doctor' practices medicine from bygone era

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Dr. Russell Dohner, right, talks with patient Joe Logsdon about his high cholesterol in Rushville, Ill. Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years.

Associated Press/Octo. 30, 2012

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Dr. Russell Dohner talks with nurse Rose Busby about a patient's prescription in Rushville, Ill. In an era of rising health care 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.

Associated Press/Octo. 30, 2012

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Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years. Dr. Russell Dohner is, after all, a man of routine, a steady force to be counted on in uncertain times. 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. Now it is $5.
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    • Dr. Russell Dohner, right, talks with patient Joe Logsdon about his high cholesterol in Rushville, Ill. Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years.
    •  Dr. Russell Dohner talks with nurse Rose Busby about a patientís prescription in Rushville, Ill. In an era of rising health care costs, the 87-year-old doctor only charges patients $5 per office visit and doesnít take insurance saying it isnít worth the bother.
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