SA’s second-biggest private hospital operator Life Healthcare says its diversification into diagnostic services such as X-rays and ultrasounds has paid off amid Covid-19, cautiously expecting improvement in its profits as it faces the prospect of a third wave in SA.

The group, which acquired UK-based Alliance Medical in 2016, got a boost from strong European demand for diagnostic services in its half-year to end-March, with pent-up demand expected to provide a boost in its second half as well...

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