Steve Komito was so angry about his hospital bill that he took it to FOX 46 WJZY. Komito had taken his son to the Carolinas Healthcare Systems emergency room for an elbow injury, after being advised by the local urgent care outpost to do so. Among other charges deemed excessive, Komito was billed $1,244.44 for the room where his son sat on a stretcher for two hours waiting for the results of an X-ray. Komito said he and his son would gladly have waited in a hallway or gone to another facility had they known the cost. Komito said he had asked about charges during his son’s visit but was told the hospital cannot provide pricing ahead of treatment, as sticker shock could cause patients to opt out, leaving the emergency department liable for failure to treat. After WJZY aired a segment on Komito’s predicament, the television station was inundated with echoes, and the Better Business Bureau said it gets about a thousand complaints along those lines for the Greater Charlotte region each year. WJZY has reached out to the hospital and state government, advocating change.