The HSCIC is publicly funded and we therefore operate on a cost recovery basis. We do not charge for data itself but we do apply charges to cover the costs of processing and delivering our service.
Where possible, HSCIC data is made available as open data.
Further details are available via our web page at www.hscic.gov.uk/dles
But thank the heavens, it’s anonymised!
Your GP records are going to the HSCIC as pseudoanonymised information, which as has been said does indeed include your NHS number, date of birth and postcode. The HSCIC will then build up a database of this information. They can indeed pass on certain of this information to certain external interested parties, although when they do this the data becomes truly anonymised as opposed to pseudoanoymised.
I feel so much better now…