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Document and Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2010
Jan. 31, 2011
Jun. 30, 2010
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2010    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2010    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Trading Symbol DVA    
Entity Registrant Name DAVITA INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000927066    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   96,000,000 102,600,000
Entity Public Float   $ 7,100,000,000 $ 6,400,000,000