News bites: Debt-ceiling trigger calls for Medicare payment rate cuts

Medicare cuts in the deficit trigger would come through lower rates for providers and insurance plans, not beneficiary cuts, reports The Hill.

Better treatment and health systems — not screening — are likely responsible for the fall in breast cancer deaths in recent years, writes ScienceDaily based on research published by the British Medical Journal.

Patients in Great Britain are struggling to even get on some of the National Health System's waiting lists, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The state of Missouri is likely to suffer a shortage of rural primary-care doctors, reports Modern Healthcare.