Many proviences in Canada decided in 2010 to no longer pay for vitamin D testing until a problem has occurred - such as broken bone
Alberta is now considering also limiting vitamin D testing
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$2 million for testing in 2010 probably saved >$200 million in medical costs - but $ coming from a different government pocket
Beginning December 1, 2010, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will only cover the cost of vitamin D testing for patients with the following medical conditions:
- Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
- Malabsorption Syndromes
- Renal Disease
- Patients on medications that affect vitamin D metabolism
This is not what doctors are telling patients. Patients are being told that serum vitamin D testing is illegal unless the doctor suspects one of the above. Patients are not given the option to pay for the test.
I know this is exactly what patients are being told, for yesterday I spoke to friend who has been fatigued, and catching every virus that comes along for months and was finally going to the doctors. I told them to request a serum vitamin D test for otherwise they were guessing. Directly after the doctor visit I asked my friend what the doctor said. I was told they took multiple blood samples for a number of serum tests including mononucleosis, but it was illegal to do an serum vitamin D assay.This is what happens when governments ration health care, tying doctors hands to control costs. Obama care will be bringing this type of health care rationing to the US soon.
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- 90% of Canadian youth less than 30 ng vitamin D – Oct 2010
- Canadians losing yet another free medical test - vitamin D Nov 2010
- 6th Canadian province may stop paying for vitamin D testing – Sept 2010 Ontario - and summarize others
- Many vitamin D articles by Schwalfenberg in Canada - 2010 good charts and tables
- All items in category Canada
- Vitamin D level recommendations - Bosomworth Jan 2011 Canadian doctor 2,000-4000 IU
- Vitamin D testing in Australia is also an epidemic - Aug 2011
Alberta Canada also overwhelmed with vitamin D tests - Jan 2011
- 2010: nearly 3 million tests for levels of vitamin D costing Australia almost $100 million.
- The number has grown more than 50-fold in a decade - and has doubled in just two years
- Screening during pregnancy could add 300,000 to the total.
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