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The rising cost of vitamin D testing in Australia: time to establish guidelines for testing

Kellie L Bilinski and Steven C Boyages
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (2): 90.

To the Editor: A rising awareness of the prevalence of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) deficiency over the past decade is likely to have led to a surge in the number of individuals who undergo 25OHD testing.1 United States data indicate that testing for 25OHD has increased by 80%–90% annually,2 yet there are no reports that investigate the cost of 25OHD testing in Australia.

Kellie L Bilinski, Senior Clinical and Research Dietitian1
Steven C Boyages, Medical Director2
1 Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, Sydney, NSW.
2 eHealth NSW Initiative, Sydney, NSW.
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Boyages S, Bilinski K. Seasonal reduction in vitamin D level persists into spring in NSW Australia: implications for monitoring and replacement therapy. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2012; Apr 3 [Epub]. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2012.04398.x
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Singh RJ. Are clinical laboratories prepared for accurate testing of 25-hydroxy vitamin D? [Letter]. Clin Chem 2008; 54: 221-223.
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