@sara moon Same here. I'm Australian and articles like this make me want to weep.
My mother was sick and in and out of hospital with leukaemia for a year. They took fantastic care of her, and she usually had a private room because she was immunocompromised. We didn't pay a thing. She died, so that sucked, but I can't imagine how much more horrible it would've been if we'd had to sell her house to pay for her treatment as well as having to deal with the fact that she was dying.