Hospitals play a crucial role in providing health services in communities and in the nation as a whole. From routine services like medical check-up, drug prescription, child delivery to more complex services like transplants, fertility treatments etc, hospitals quickly remind us that “health is wealth”. However, because of the sensitive nature of the hospital business, it is important to comply with regulatory requirements when venturing into the hospital business environment.

The regulatory requirements for starting a hospital business in Nigeria include:

Licences/ Permits

  • Business Registration: It is necessary that you begin by registering your business with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Practising License: All hospitals are expected to have a practising license which is authorised by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and is subject to annual renewal[1]
  • Authorization: The Federal Ministry of Health will have