Healthscope Limited (ASX:HSO)
has announced it has experienced slower than expected growth in its hospitals in the first quarter.
MD Robert Cooke has indicated a number of various data points across the industry are showing hospital volume growth has slowed.
If the current trends continue the company expects Operating Earnings for its hospital division to be flat year on year.
The company has indicated its commitment to hospital expansion located in key growth corridors will remain and expects these projects to deliver strong earnings growth as they ramp up over time.
Healthscope Limited posted a net profit of $181 million at 30 June 2016.