Ontario is following the advice of experts and will be funding vitamin D testing for patients where medical evidence indicates that there is a need.
Beginning December 1, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will cover the costs of a vitamin D test for people with the following conditions:
In June, Ontario's Health Technology Advisory Committee concluded that the routine use of vitamin D testing for the general population could not be justified based on current evidence, and that people should follow Health Canada's recommendations on diet and vitamin D supplementation.
Since 2004, vitamin D testing has grown by 2,500 per cent - jumping from 29,000 tests to more than 700,000 in 2009.
The change in vitamin D testing will result in resources being redirected to other laboratory services.
Review the OHTAC recommendation on Vitamin D testing.
Learn more about OHTAC.
Read Health Canada's recommendations on Vitamin D.
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