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:
For people without these conditions, the cost of a vitamin D test will no longer be covered by OHIP.
The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) reviewed the best available medical evidence and found that vitamin D testing in the general population isn’t appropriate or medically necessary. OHTAC also recommended that people follow Health Canada’s guidelines on healthy eating and vitamin D supplementation.
Patients are being encouraged to speak to their health care provider about their individual health care needs and vitamin D testing. Support materials are available to print and share with your patients.
Vitamin D fact sheet [PDF]
Vitamin D FAQ [PDF]
Vitamin D lab poster [PDF]
For more information on Canada’s Food Guide and vitamin D supplementation visit Health Canada’s website at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/vitamin/vita-d-eng.php or visit Eat Right Ontario’s website at http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/ViewDocument.aspx?id=218&Topic=7&Cat=379
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