HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman says he is in favour of the idea of patients paying upfront to see their GP - and getting the money back when they attend.
The Labour man says he believes the system would see a cut in the number of missed appointments.
But the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed "concern" at his suggestion.
Mr Sheerman floated the idea for a "simple system" of patients paying "up front a small amount of money that they
get back when they turn up" as a possible cure for public non-attendance at NHS appointments.
He said at Commons health questions that "healthcare appointments are still bedevilled by the number of people that just don't show, even when they are meeting consultants and senior hospital staff.
"Isn't it about time we looked at a simple system that people pay up front a small amount of money that they get back when they turn up. I'm sure my constituents would take it much more seriously - if those good Yorkshire people got their money back when they turned up."
But Mr Hunt dismissed the proposal amid concerns it would "put people off going to see their doctor if they needed to" and instead said efforts to modernise the appointments process should focus on text reminders, with technology playing a "very good role".
Mr Hunt replied: "Well I'm interested to hear that suggestion from that side of the House which isn't necessarily where I would have expected it to come from. He might be surprised at my response, which is that I would be very concerned about that.
"I understand the issue he's talking about and I do think we need to modernise the process of GP and hospital appointments and I think technology can play a very good role in that, for example by giving people text reminders of appointments that they've booked.
"My concern would be if it would put people off going to see their doctor if they needed to and I would not want to do anything that deterred the people who need to most going to the NHS."