Medicare covers some of the costs of procedures and tests used to diagnose and treat prostate cancer, but there might be some out-of-pocket costs. All treatments are available in the public hospital system, although you may have to go on a waiting list. Your doctor can answer your questions about why you need certain procedures and tests and so you can prepare for any financial outlays. In cases of hardship, a hospital social worker may be able to provide you with information about financial assistance relating to treatment. Some people access superannuation payments or obtain a loan to assist with payments.