Healthscope shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the private hospital operator’s $4.4 billion acquisition by Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management.

More than 99.9 per cent of votes were cast in favour of Brookfield’s $2.465 per share offer at a scheme meeting on Wednesday, with over one billion votes for it and just 771,401 against.

Healthscope shares could be delisted as soon as Friday, if the Federal Court approves the scheme at a hearing that morning.