Document and Entity Information - shares
shares in Millions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Nov. 01, 2019
Cover page.    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 1-14106  
Entity Registrant Name DAVITA INC.  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Entity Tax Identification Number 51-0354549  
Entity Address, Address Line One 2000 16th Street  
Entity Address, City or Town Denver,  
Entity Address, State or Province CO  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 80202  
City Area Code 720  
Local Phone Number 631-2100  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, $0.001 par value  
Trading Symbol DVA  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   129.7
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Entity Central Index Key 0000927066  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31