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Warning – Medicare will pay for just 1 vitamin D test PER LIFETIME (if not related to a few diseases)

Diagnosis Diagnosis Code
Hyperparathyroidism 252.0
Unspecified vitamin D deficiency
(only allowed once per lifetime for Medicare patients)
Pure Hypercholesterolemia 272.0
Other and Unspecified Hyperlipidemia 272.4
Benign Essential Hypertension 401.1
Unspecified Essential Hypertension 401.9
Chronic kidney disease, stage III (moderate) 585.3
Chronic kidney disease, stage IV (severe) 585.4
Chronic kidney disease, stage V 585.5
End stage renal disease 585.6
Osteoporosis 733.00
Disorder of bone and cartilage, unspecified 733.90

Table is from the PDF attached at the bottom of this page

Health Problems which have been proven to be prevented or treated by vitamin D supplementation, but which are not covered by Medicare include

Cardiovascular, Back Pain, Diabetes, Influenza, Falls, Hip Fractures, Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Raynaud's pain, Menstrual Pain, C-section and pregnancy risks, Low Birth Weight, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, TB, Rickets, Respiratory Tract Infection, Lupus, Sickle Cell pain, leg ulcers, traumatic brain injury. Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Congestive Heart Failure (Infants), Middle Ear Infection (Infants), Gingivitis, muscles in seniors, antibiotic use in seniors, Infants taller, Gestational Diabetes, heart pump better after attack, Prostate Cancer, Asthma, Depression, Vitamin D in Breastmilk, Fibromyalgia, Hives (as of Feb 2014)

There are > 1,000 clinical trials using vitamin D intervention - we anticipate the proof for vitamin D for such Health Problems as

Alzheimer's, Infection, other Pregnancy Problems, Allergies, Asthma, Autism, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, COPD, Dental, Headache, Psoriasis, Sepsis . . .

Low vitamin D tied to premature death NYT June 2014 - in the comments

  • "Medicare paid for the first Vitamin D test , , "
  • 'But when we had a second Vitamin D test some months later . . , Medicare would not pay for them and we were charged $ 240 each."

Comment by VitaminDWiki

US is foolishly joining countries such as Canada and Australia in limiting short-term health costs by restricting vitamin D tests
Vitamin D tests have been proven to lower, not raise health care costs (Lancet 2012)
A person will typically just need a single vitamin D test 4 months after having a loading dose followed by a maintenance dose
The vitamin D test is to confirm that the maintenance dose chosen is large enough
If your vitamin D level is not high enough and the govt does not pay for additional testing
    we recommend that you get tested commercially, at far lower cost than at most hospitals.

Update March 2021 - finally realized why vitamin D tests are no longer paid for

  1. Doctor orders for a vitamin D test (often $200 in US hospitals)
  2. Doctor gets the results and prescribes 2,000 IU of vitamin D
    • Which is rarely enough, but that is what they were taught was a safe level decades ago
    • Sometimes they prescribe vitamin D2 - h has been documented to sometimes LOWER levels of Vitamin D3
  3. Patient gets little or no benefit from such a small amount that they stop taking it after a month or so
  4. Medicare sees no benefit in the test - so has decided to no pay for testing in the future.

See also VitaminDWiki

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