A private general practice is one in which a person pays for their medical services directly. Private practices are typically owned by physicians who usually have to meet certain requirements in order to practice medicine privately. In Australia, private general practice is much more common than public or mixed, but there has been a noticeable increase in the latter over the past few years. In contrast, people can visit a public general practitioner without having to pay anything at all. Public practices often treat patients from government-funded health care programs such as Medicare and WorkCover NSW because they offer access regardless of whether someone has insurance coverage or not. Patients will only be required to pay co-payments when receiving treatment from these doctors; however, this amount varies depending on what type of medication they need and how many times they visit the practice for treatment. A mixed practice is one where the practitioner does not specialize in one area of medicine, but instead treats patients across multiple fields. Mixed practices are usually conducted by doctors who hold sub-specialty qualifications that allow them to treat specific types of conditions or diseases; however, they can also be found among general practitioners with a mix of different qualification levels and experiences within the same practice. Additionally, there is a significant number of general practitioners in Australia who are self-employed or own their own businesses. These general practice owners can be found in both metropolitan and rural areas throughout the country; however, it must be noted that they often tend to specialise on particular types of medicine. This means that if you are looking for an obstetrician then you will need to visit one specific practice instead of asking around among different doctors. Even though these types of practices may seem out dated compared to the modern private medical clinics, most Australians still prefer them because they offer better service overall at lower prices than what is offered by larger facilities.