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Dr. Robert Jochim, MD, and one of his daughters, Cathleen Jochim-Malapanes, MSN FNP-BC, pose in their combined waiting room in Cottonwood. Dr. Jochim opened a practice in Cottonwood in 1972, but not many doctors are following in his footsteps today. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Lack of primary care doctors in Verde Valley has patients scrambling

Is there a doctor in the house?

The Association of American Medical Colleges reported that there will be a shortage of 100,000 doctors in the nation by 2030 and the trend in the Verde Valley is no different. Local patients are scrambling to get treated in traditional practices, clinics, instant care facilities and emergency rooms. Many are waiting to see doctors until they are severely ill.