Just as clothing has its seasonal fashions, so too does pathology. And today the in thing is Vitamin D testing. In 2000, the number of Vitamin D tests billed to Medicare came in at 22,670. Last year the number had blown out to a staggering 4.3 million.
No one is questioning the validity of this blood test for specific circumstances, but even the Australian Medical Association says the frequency of testing is now beyond anything clinically justifiable.