Rapid surge in vit D testing prompts review

The number of vitamin D tests performed on Medicare each year has risen a staggering 4600% over the past decade, figures show.

Almost 3.5 million tests were completed in 2011/12, compared with just 73,330 in 2002/03, according to a Federal Government paper released last month.

Annual costs soared from $2.6 million to $126.5 million.

The figures come from a draft protocol for the latest Medicare review of vitamin D testing in Australia, looking at the appropriateness of testing patterns, the