A new study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found fast food is being served dozens of public hospitals in the U.S.
The Physicians Committee looked at more than 200 hospitals and used public records act requests to compile its report.
The study found at least 20 Chick-fil-A restaurants, 18 McDonald's and five Wendy's, plus local restaurants, have branches inside hospitals. Many of these same hospitals also get government funds.
Some of the fast food contracts with the hospitals require $1 million in sales each year or the agreements will be broken, which means some hospitals actively promote junk food sales and allow deliveries to patients' rooms, notes The Epoch Times.
While this may seem like the free market at work to some, others believe it harkens back to the days when cigarettes were sold in hospital gift stores.
Physicians Committee President Neal Barnard, M.D., said in a statement:
"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. Hospitals need to end contracts with fast-food chains selling Big Macs, chicken nuggets and double-bacon cheeseburgers.
Let’s take it a step further. Just as cigarettes are banned from hospitals, why not do the same for meat, cheese, and other junk foods?"