Vitamin D test rules have 'wriggle room'

NEW restrictions on vitamin D testing are open to interpretation, according to an Australian expert, allowing GPs to ensure patients are not disadvantaged by the changes.

The new MBS item 66833, introduced last month, covers 25(OH)D testing for high-risk groups, including people with deeply pigmented skin, chronic and severe lack of sun exposure,  osteoporosis and malabsorption.

Testing restrictions followed a Medicare review finding an almost  4000% increase in the number of patients having vitamin D levels checked during the past decade. 

Professor Rebecca Mason, a leading vitamin D researcher from the