The cost of kidney dialysis without insurance is about $500 or more per treatment, as of 2015, according to CostHelper Health. For a patient receiving a standard three treatments per week, this can cost more than $72,000 a year. This does not include the cost of additional medications or vitamins.
If a patient needs an emergency dialysis treatment at a hospital, the cost can be $9,000 or more, reports CostHelper Health. Patients who suffer from end-stage kidney disease are usually eligible for Medicare, but the waiting period for benefits to start can last up to four months. Most Medicare plans charge patients a coinsurance of 20 percent for dialysis, but patients usually supplement this with a secondary insurance plan.