Recently there was a news story about Dr. Russell Dohner, of Illinois
. He charges all patients a flat fee of $5/visit. He doesn’t take insurance.
This led to several online threads featuring comments such as “Finally! A doctor who cares!”
Apparently, this means that doctors like me, who charge more than practically nothing, are evil and don’t care.
I respect Dr. Dohner, and am not putting him down. I think highly of what he does. I actually like what I do, and if I were independently wealthy and could see patients for free, I probably would.
It isn’t until almost the end that the article notes Dr. Dohner is supported by his family’s farming business, and NOT his medical practice. By that time most readers have moved on to the football scores and “Dancing with the Stars” results, and therefore are left with the impression that any doctor can do this for $5 a head.
I do care.