Update: June 7, 2014
Last night I saw "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" at the Forum-Round House Theater in Silver Spring, MD, which I reviewed on the Drama Blog. I wanted to note that an actor Frank Britton was assaulted in the area on Colesville Road after the first performance. On my review there, I give the Crowdfunding link for a collection for his medical bills. So this incident certainly provides an example of the "direct sharing" of expenses noted above (as with the plan in Illinois, particularly).
We can ask, of course, should be the person have arranged to insure himself with the Affordable Care Act? Some actors and artists unions do offer health insurance. In this case, for whatever, reason, the "system" didn't work for him. He was uninsured, apparently, I can't say how I will respond personally; I have my own regular giving program which I manage through a bank and trust, so I generally don't respond to separate calls, unless I can process it that way, but some of this could change in the future as I might need to use Crowdfunding for my own or related projects.
I don't like the idea of people "sacrificing" to pay other people's bills after crimes. But if you look at street crime as sometimes a kind of civil war or class war (as Noam Chomsky writes), it comes out differently. I do know that without forgiveness, we wind up paying for other people's sins and crimes anyway.