Inspection Finds Delay in Veteran’s Care at Indiana Clinic

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) – A federal inspection has found that a delay in care at a northern Indiana VA clinic lowered the quality of life for a man who died from lung cancer.

The man was in his 70s and died in spring 2014. The inspection of Goshen Community Based Outpatient Clinic focused on the amount of time it took for the man to get an MRI, which later led to his cancer diagnosis.

The inspection by the Office of Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found the man's quality of life could have been much better if the cancer was diagnosed sooner. It said an earlier diagnosis may not have changed the outcome.

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System says it accepts the report's findings and has complied with its recommendations.