An investigation is underway as to why medical malpractice insurance costs keep climbing even though claims against Missouri doctors keep falling. State Insurance Director Scott Lakin has begun holding public hearings on the issue, with one in Jefferson City attracting a huge crowd to the Truman Building. Governor Holden has instructed Lakin to study the issue and consider solutions. The Department of Insurance reports medical malpractice costs have doubled in some instances for some doctors even though the number of claims filed against Missouri doctors has dropped. Lakin has promised insurance company representatives he will gather facts before proposing any legislation in the upcoming session.
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