The IHF acknowledges three categories of membership:

Full membership is open to any association or organizational body deemed representative of the healthcare organizations, in particular, but not exclusively, hospitals in a country, health care areas, or a circumscribed region of the world.

Associate membership is open to healthcare organizations, in particular but not exclusively , to hospitals, and other institutions having a distinct relationships with the provision f healthcare, who are not eligible for Full Membership. The Associate Membership is also open to associations or bodies deemed representative of healthcare organizations tat are not eligible or otherwise unable to become Full Members.

Honorary membership for life is awarded to persons or organizations who have rendered exceptional services to the IHF or distinguished themselves in the fields relating to the mission of the IHF.