Shut Down McDonald’s Franchises in Hospitals by Mid-2013

Target: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Goal: Stop allowing McDonald’s chains to operate in hospitals.

If it seems counter-productive to be serving food that is known to cause obesity and diabetes in a hospital, that’s because it is. McDonald’s opened franchises in hospitals two decades ago and some hospitals are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of them. While convalescing, patients need to have healthy food conveniently available. For hospitals to be forced to have McDonald’s operate in their facilities in order to function makes a powerful statement about American health. Demand that all McDonald’s franchises be removed from hospitals by mid-2013.

Twenty years ago, fledgling hospitals were given an opportunity to make some extra cash by allowing McDonald’s franchises in their facilities. Since discovering the myriad of health problems eating food from McDonald’s can cause, many hospitals have tried to break their leases with McDonald’s, but to no avail. Aside from long-term lease agreements making it difficult to remove McDonald’s from hospitals, cash-strapped hospitals are finding it difficult to make it without the rent payments by the franchise.

Of the hospitals allowing McDonald’s to operate in their buildings, 27 are children’s hospitals. By not only collecting rent, but also some of the chain’s profits, these hospitals have an incentive to allow McDonalds to continue operating in their buildings. But what does this say about the American health system? When health facilities have to allow one of the most unhealthy forms of food to be sold in their buildings in order to continue functioning, some questions need to be raised about the American medical system. If hospitals are forced to rely on McDonald’s rather than taxpayer funds to help them stay afloat, the U.S. government needs to reevaluate how it’s spending our taxes.

With safe and appropriate healthcare being so difficult for many taxpaying Americans, it would seem that the government should be doing all it can to improve the image of American medicine. For the U.S. Government to allow McDonald’s to be a source of income for hospitals rather than taxpayer money makes even more of a sad statement about this country’s medical system. Tell the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote healthy living and eating by not allowing McDonald’s to be served in hospitals.


Dear U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

In order for some hospitals in America to function, they are forced to allow McDonald’s franchises to operate in their facilities. McDonald’s food is known to contribute to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Hospitals are either trying to increase business by making more people sick, or funding of the American health system needs to be seriously reevaluated.

The fact that hospitals, 27 of them for children, are forced to rely on McDonald’s to stay afloat rather than taxpayer money makes a powerfully sad statement about U.S. healthcare. The government makes trillions of dollars a year in tax revenues. If hospitals can only continue to operate by allowing McDonald’s franchises in their buildings, it’s sufficient to say that the government needs to manage our taxes better so hospitals can afford to operate and serve healthy food. Demand that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services force McDonald’s hospital franchises to close by mid-2013.


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Photo Credit: Terence Ong via Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:


  2. Aileen Cheetham says:

    We allow these corporations to become too powerful How? Why?
    Consumers need to be aware who they patronise.

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