WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) — You know that feeling when you’re admitted to the hospital, but you just have to have a Big Mac?
It seems a lot of people do.
In fact, many hospital offer fast-food restaurants inside the hospital.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says some hospitals even offer delivery to patient rooms.
According to their contract with McDonald’s, Georgia Regents Medical Center calls it their “McDelivery” program.
GRMC denies that program, saying “patients cannot order a delivery from McDonald’s, and delivery from McDonald’s is not permitted at Georgia Regents Medical Center or Children’s Hospital of Georgia. All patients are under the care of a physician, and food is prepared by the hospital’s food service team, according to each patient’s physician-recommended dietary needs.”
The contract contradicts this, stating, “McDelivery: McDonald’s delivers orders to locations within the Hospital Facility, subject to patient dietary restrictions.”
PCRM made this map, showing which hospitals offer fast food inside the hospital.
Of the 208 hospitals that PCRM investigated for their report, 43 of them had fast-food chains inside.
A public records request revealed many of the contracts between the hospitals and fast-food chains.
Money appears to be the main factor in the various leases, with exclusive contracts, variable pricing and early termination possibilities if profits don’t reach $1 million at some of the hospitals.
This is upsetting for PCRM; a group that works to minimize chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The study quoted a McDonald’s website that warns employees about fast food, reminding them that “people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat.”
Another study from Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal revealed that chicken samples from Chick-fil-A contain PhIP, a carcinogen linked to breast, colon and prostate cancer.
“The previous generation dealt with cigarettes. Now it’s time to tackle meat, cheese, and all the fat and cholesterol they are packing into patients’ arteries,” says Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D. “Hospitals need to end contracts with fast-food chains selling Big Macs, chicken nuggets, and double bacon cheese burgers.”
Only two California hospital made the list: Naval Medical Center in San Diego, and Rady Children’s Hospital, also in San Diego.
It was initially reported that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles also featured a McDonald’s but a hospital spokesperson said that the restaurant closed its doors in late January to make way for expansion of radiation oncology services and an expanded spiritual care center.
SOURCE: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine