Now that everyone's excited about getting an really cool National Health IT Network, we learn how much it will cost. How does more than $156 billion to start, and $48 billion in operating costs sound? Here's the story about the study that created the estimate, and here's an abstract of the study (full text $20, free after 6 months).

I guess to put things in perspective, I should note that $156 billion represents around 2% of annual health care spending over 5 years.

[Hat tip iHealthBeat]